Our Training


We have over 30 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.  Our tutors have been involved in TDL operations in Bosnia / Kosovo, the Gulf, Libya, and Afghanistan.  All have operated TDLs in major NATO exercises such as Red Flag, Flying Fish, Clean Hunter, and Joint Warrior.


All courses are available online using our interactive web delivery technology.


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)

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.

Tony Castle

Tony Castle
Our 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.

James Norful

Consultant James Norful, is recently retired from 21 years’ service in the United States Air Force, serving in various assignments both in the States and within NATO.  Strengths focused on multiple tactical data link operations, training development, project management, strategic planning, and system engineering processes from design and development to validation and operation.  He excelled as a data link subject matter expert providing student instruction, leading teams through test & evaluation processes and course planning, with the ultimate goal of eliminating inefficiencies in a specific process for the benefit of everyone involved - from those participating in the system, to the eventual stakeholders.  This unique blend of experience enables James to grow customer relationships, while exceeding consumer demands.

Roland Kemp

Roland Kemp
Consultant Roland Kemp is a highly experienced TDL and former Dutch Patriot operator.  Roland served for 37 years in the Dutch Armed Forces, during which time he was responsible for training crews on the Patriot Information Coordination Centre (ICC) at the Group Operations Centre.

Sam Southwell

Sam Southwell
Sam 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.