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Welcome to TDL Technology Magazine!


TDL Technology, SyntheSys’ biannual publication, offers a collection of inspired articles about all aspects of Tactical Data Link (TDL) implementation, integration and management.  The magazine aims to highlight current global development and unveils new technologies within the industry.  TDL Technology is aimed at a variety of personnel who are interested in TDLs and related technology.

Latest Issue: Spring 2018

Next Generation Tactical Data Link Systems Engineering Tools



The need for complete, consistent and correct information supporting Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (C4ISTAR) operations on the battlefield has never been so necessary, yet neither has it been so complex.


This article looks at some of the current challenges and complexities with current Tactical Data Links (TDL) Implementations and Support Tools and introduces the SyntheSys vision for the future.


The age of the platform has gone, the age of the integrated battle force is upon us!

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System Wide Information Management and Strategic Data Links


Data Links may be used in many guises, not purely for the provision of tactical military requirement.


Currently used within the System Wide Information Management programme as part of the Single European Sky's concept, Strategic Data Links deliver the integrated capacity for the provision of an additional secure, independent, method of communication between air traffic controllers and aircraft, but how? And what is the Single European Sky?

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Viasat: Multi-Channel Link 16 Terminal



Viasat contributes to our community forum in Issue 6 with a feature on the
Multi-Channel Link 16 Terminal.  For Size, Weight and Power Constrained Platforms.

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More From TDL Technology

Why and How is Variable Message Format (VMF) so Adaptable?

We look at the 'magic behind the curtain' and explore VMF from both an operational and technical perspective.

Bundeswehr: Lt. Col. Volker Schaaf talks TIMBER EXPRESS

During 2017, the exercise TIMBER EXPRESS 2017 was conducted.   Lt. Col. Volker Schaaf explains the details of the exercise in this riveting read.

Dutch Patriot Provision


A success story which illustrates how close coordination between military and civilian international organisations can lead to results far exceeding initial expectations, culminating in an optimal service for front line combatants.

Network Design for Link 22


Can an operator strengthen or weaken a Link 22 network?  The answer is ‘Yes’ but it is complicated.

'Ski' talks Surveillance Time Slots


How many surveillance Time Slots should I request for a C2 JTIDS/MIDS Unit on a Link 16 network?  All the answers explained.

Synthetic Training for Sea King


Synthetic training for the Sea King Airborne Surveillance and Control of 849 Naval Air Squadron took a huge leap forward as the squadron participated in a ground-breaking training event.


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Maximising the Potential of Rig to Rig Trial involvement

What practical steps can be taken to ensure the most is made out of platform participation in a rig to rig trial?

Interoperability assurance with Swedish defence material administration


SyntheSys adds value to the Swedish Defence Material Administration with test support.

Standards conformance testing: Application to VMF

What does standards conformance testing look like for VMF?  In this article we explore how it can be applied effectively.

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