23 April, 2012
IFS North America secures long-term enterprise license agreement in support of Joint Strike Fighter Program
IFS North America has announced additional software licenses in support of the Joint Strike Fighter program. The increased license sale is part of a larger and ongoing framework agreement for IFS Applications software licenses.
The contract enables additional IFS Applications deployments over the lifecycle of the program in support of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, a family of single-seat, single-engine, fifth generation multirole craft designed for ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions with stealth capabilities. The F-35 includes three models: a conventional takeoff and landing model, a short take off and vertical-landing model and a model designed for deployment on aircraft carriers.
IFS Applications is a part of the Joint Strike Fighter Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) for support of the operation, including supply chain management. The open architecture and inherent connectivity of IFS Applications will allow interface with the ALIS system to provide critical supply chain information to ensure optimal availability of material and aircraft readiness.
“Aerospace and defense has been and will continue to be a growing and important sector for IFS around the world,” IFS North America Vice President for Aerospace and Defense Kevin Deal said. “But what matters more to us is the feeling that comes from knowing that IFS Applications is a significant part of our country’s defense infrastructure, and the defense infrastructures of other nations worldwide.”
Aerospace and defense is one of IFS’ targeted market segments. IFS Applications™ provides market leading off-the-shelf component based solutions that support Performance Based Logistics (PBL), Contractor Logistics Support (CLS), and Fleet Operator programs; and solutions for Defense Manufacturing, Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO), Asset & Fleet Management, Supply Chain Management and Product Lifecycle Management.
Customers include the United States Army and Air Force Materiel Commands, British Navy and Army and the Norwegian Navy and Air Force; as well as the Eurofighter consortium—commercial MRO shops and service operators include Sabreliner, Bristow Helicopters, Aero-Dienst GmbH, K&L Microwave, Hawker Pacific, Ensign Bickford, Todd Pacific Shipyards and Lufthansa Technik Qantas (LTQ, formerly known as Jet Turbine Systems). In addition, IFS provides solutions to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, BAE SYSTEMS, SAAB, and GE Aircraft Engines.
IFS is a public company (OMX STO: IFS) founded in 1983 that develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications™, a component-based extended ERP suite built on SOA technology. IFS focuses on industries where any of four core processes are strategic: Service & asset management, manufacturing, supply chain and projects. The company has 2,000 customers and is present in approximately 60 countries with 2,800 employees in total. Net revenue in 2011 was SKr 2.6 billion.
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