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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.

TDL Technology Issue 8

Latest Issue: Spring 2019

iSMART Explained: A Look at the iSMART Document Suite

iSMART Explained: A Look at the iSMART Document Suite

 

Defining the required functionality for Tactical Data Link systems is a complex process: which elements of the standards, do we need, is there anything we can change, and how do we document the decisions that were made?

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Guest Article: Gateway to Multi-Domain Command and Control

Guest Article: Gateway to Multi-Domain Command and Control

 

Article courtesy of Major Aaron Sprecher and Major Sameek Parsa, United States of America (USA) Air Force (AF), NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control (NAEW&C) as featured in the Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) Journal Ed 25.

 

Since NATO’s inception, airpower’s role has evolved from a key enabler of military capability to that of a primary means of executing the Alliances core tasks. This article looks at how NATO’s military forces must be prepared to match rapid developments in technology and an adversary with political will and capacity to alter decisively the geopolitical landscape.

 

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Demystifying Tactical Data Links: TDL Standards

Demystifying Tactical Data Links (TDLs): TDL Standards

 

Following our first article, which introduced digital tactical communications systems, we now discuss TDLs and the standards that define them and their operation.

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More From TDL Technology

Flying High - Shaping the Future of Drones in UK Cities

Flying High - Shaping the Future of Drones in UK Cities

 

SyntheSys is delighted to have been involved in the high-profile development of the latest Industrial Strategy United Kingdom Research and Innovation Flying High project and subsequent Nesta report.

Today's Complex and Interwoven Multi-Link Environment

Today's Complex and Interwoven Multi-Link Environment

 

Tactical Data Links (TDLs) have been developed, purchased and brought into service in a piecemeal way and so there has, until recently, been no overall implementation plan to ensure interoperability of TDLs fitted to various platforms.

RAF 100

Commemorate, Celebrate, Inspire

 

 

April 1 1918 witnessed the formation of the Royal Air Force (RAF), the world's first independent air force.  The enduring theme for the RAF100 celebrations has been to commemorate the service and sacrifices of the past century, celebrate the highly capable force of today and inspire the next generation of RAF personnel.

Next Generation Tactical Data Link Systems Engineering Tools

Next Generation Tactical Data Link Systems Engineering Tools

 

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

System Wide Information Management

System Wide Information Management

 

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?

Viasat: Multi-Channel Link 16 Terminal

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.

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

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

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

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

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

'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 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

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

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

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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