Wipro to help IAF mobilize its fleet with ease

by CXOtoday News Desk    Nov 08, 2013

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Software services major Wipro has signed an over Rs 900-crore multi-year contract with the Indian Air Force (IAF) to electronically monitor and automate the management of its fleet, according to a Business Line report which states that it is one of the biggest deals for Wipro in the Indian defense space.

Air Marshal P. Kanakaraj, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command said in a statement that the endeavour is to go completely paperless. “As part of this project, all maintenance activities done on our aircraft will be electronically captured. It is a dashboard sort of system which will replace the old system of manual logbooks,” he said.

The electronically monitored system is designed to help the IAF mobilize its fleet more quickly and efficiently in case of a war-like situation, according to the report.

The project will also help IAF set up a web-based enterprise-wide, online maintenance management system, which will be include configuration management, fleet planning and management, maintenance repair and overhaul.

Kanakaraj said in the report that the Air Force has also earmarked two locations for the system, one of which will serve as the disaster recovery centre for the system. The project will help the Air Force reduce overall costs, while increasing speed and accuracy of information and reduction of manpower.

According to a source TCS, CMC, and a host of other companies were in the race for the deal. The project proposal in fact was first floated in 2008. But it had been delayed numerous times, said the source.

Experts believe that in recent times, the Indian Defense is undergoing a major technology overhaul, as a result of which a number of Indian IT vendors are now eyeing the space and looking at defence as a serious opportunity.

As per the plans for the current project, Wipro will implement the new system only in key locations in the first phase. Thereafter, it will be gradually rolled out to 170 locations, covering about 550 units of the IAF, said the report.