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Air chief in Pune today to inaugurate IAF’s e-maintenance system

Though the project has several layers of operation, the IAF would opt for online management of its maintenance systems through a web-based application.

Written by Sushant Kulkarni | Pune |
May 12, 2016 2:36:37 am
IAF officials said the system would seamlessly connect squadrons, wings, commands, and Air Headquarters IAF officials said the system would seamlessly connect squadrons, wings, commands, and Air Headquarters

An Electronic Maintenance Management System (e-MMS), hailed by the Indian Air Force as one of the biggest automated military maintenance systems in the world and an important milestone in IAF history, would be inaugurated by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on Thursday at the Air Force Station in Pune.

Though the project has several layers of operation, the IAF would opt for online management of its maintenance systems through a web-based application. The project would comprise configuration management systems, fleet planning and management, maintenance repair and an overhaul.

“The project would be an important asset in conflict situations for quick fleet mobilisation. All maintenance works on our aircrafts would be electronically monitored. The system has a central console, thus helping us get rid of paper works and heavy logbooks,” an IAF officer said.

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IAF officials said that the system would seamlessly connect squadrons, wings, commands, and Air Headquarters after its implementation. The work environment is expected to become more efficient and operational availability of all fleets and systems can be monitored in real time at various hierarchical levels.

A press release issued by the Defence PRO said, “The contract for the project e-MMS was signed with Wipro as a System Integrator (SI) on February 4, 2013. The scope of its implementation IAF extends to all echelons in the maintenance hierarchy and functioning. The project is one of the largest Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) IT implementation in the world, which would help IAF to transform from a paper-based legacy maintenance system to an online system.”

For the inauguration ceremony, Air Marshal RK Dhir, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of South Western Air Command; Air Marshal PP Khandekar, Air Officer-in-Charge (Maintenance); and Soumitro Ghosh, President (India and Middle East), Wipro; along with other officials from IAF and Wipro would be present.

The Indian Express has reported in the past about the Modernisation of Airfield Infrastructure (MAFI) project, which has been implemented at 30 air bases of the IAF, including eight key airfields along the India-China border, as part of its modernisation efforts. The project included installation of advanced air-traffic management systems along with category-2 airfield lighting systems and state-of-the-art navigational aids that are helping flying operations at night and in adverse weather conditions.

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