SyntheSys Defence

Our Training


We have over twenty years experience in the UK and overseas market-places, and we provide training services to government organisations as well as commercial and industrial clients.


Our training courses are created from direct involvement in the specification, development, procurement and maintenance of Tactical Data Link (TDL) systems. Training is delivered by professional tutors who are experts in their field at both an operational and technical level and who are fully trained as instructors.  All have operated TDLs in major NATO exercises such as Red Flag, Flying Fish, Clean Hunter, and Joint Warrior, and have also been involved in TDL operations in Bosnia / Kosovo, the Gulf, Libya, and Afghanistan.



Why Choose SyntheSys for your Training?

Training Presented by Experts in Each of the Fields - using our instructor qualified consultants to provide the training, you are assured of in-depth knowledge and experience of the subject matter, and access to the most up to date information.
FREE Training Need Assessment Service - let us help you determine
exactly what training you require.
Value for Money - our flexible training plan ensures that you get the
best possible training at the best possible price.
Unrivalled Access to Training Tools - we can offer simulations and real
tools to enrich the TDL learning experience.
Training Manuals - no other TDL training provider offers manuals for their TDL training courses.
ISO 9001 Accreditation - offers assurance that Quality Assurance processes have been applied.
Customer Satisfaction - we don’t make unjustified claims - view our customer feedback page!
Cost and Time Savings - training can be given at a location of your choosing, saving on unnecessary travel expenses.

Our Guarantee

We offer a no-quibble, money-back guarantee on all our training courses if not fully satisfied.

Our Signature Courses

“Very interesting and knowledgeable in the subject, backed up with obvious personal experience” Training course student Australia (Name supplied)
Discounts for Military
We offer a 5% discount for all military ID card holders.

Our Training Staff


We have many personnel available to deliver training.  The following biographies of some of our personnel provide an impression of our capability.  Further biographies are available on request.
Training Manager

Our Training Manager, Paul Czajkowski served for 22 years in the Royal Air Force as an Aerospace Systems Manager.  Throughout his career he has been heavily involved operating in a Tri-Service environment with numerous detachments with the Royal Navy and Army.  A 3 year tour of service with 16 Air Assault Paul CzajkowskiBrigade resulted in two operational tours of Afghanistan and frequent detachments providing Link 16 Situational Awareness. Specialising as a station Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS) / Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Officer, Multi TDL Operational Planner, Network Manager and finally as the UK Lead Network Designer, Paul has been at the forefront of UK TDL Operations at the UK Joint Data Link Management Organisation (JDLMO).  He designed the UK Network for OP OLYMPIC and was integrally involved with UK Link operations for both Libya and Afghanistan.  This breadth of TDL operational knowledge combined with his training and development experience have enabled Paul to become an extremely effective instructor and support engineer.


Tony Castle

Tony CastleOur Defence Business Group Manager, Tony Castle, has 30 years of experience in the RAF as an Aerospace Systems Manager and brings 20 years of direct operational knowledge of TDL to all training course development. As former E-3D aircrew Tony has operated TDLs (Links 11, 14, Interim JTIDS Message Specification (IJMS) & Link 16) in many exercise and operational theatres throughout the world.  Since joining SyntheSys in 2005, Tony has gained a worldwide reputation for providing highly informative and pertinent training in many subject areas.  His 4 years experience of operating with NATO (CC-AIR HQ Ramstein 2001-2005) also provide him with a high level of understanding of the potential issues of providing training to personnel for whom English is not the first language.

Mark Williamson

Mark WilliamsonMark Williamson has over 30 years of engineering experience. He started his career in the Royal Air Force with a grounding in airborne radar, communications and flight systems. Subsequent tours on multiple aircraft types reinforced these engineering principles with supervisory roles in aircraft and avionic servicing.  Mark then migrated into software engineering ultimately acting initially as Test Director and as Software team leader for TDLs on the UK E-3D Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) Mission system.  With 15 years experience in the implementation, and interoperability testing of TDLs, Mark transitioned to SyntheSys and has been using his software and systems engineering skills to develop an innovative standards based interoperability tool, for the management of standards and military platform implementation.
Mark is the lead instructor for SyntheSys’ systems engineering courses and recently delivered a  systems engineering course to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency.

Sam Southwell

Sam SouthwellSam Southwell brings over 22 years experience in the Royal Air Force, including 9 years at a front line Tornado Squadron gaining experience on the full compliment of Avionics systems as fitted to the aircraft.  Following this he completed 5 years of service as an instructor being responsible for Avionics training and course design.  Finally moving to TDLs, primarily as a Link 16 engineer, he has extensive experience in Data collection, analysis and front line engineering support to the RAF, Royal Navy platforms and Army TDL systems. Since leaving the Service he continued in TDLs working within the company training team and on Problem Evaluation Services and UK support to the Joint International Configuration Review Board (JICRB) and MIDS International Review Board (MIRB) Link16 international conferences.