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Reshape IAF using IT applications: Tyagi

Written by: Staff

Bangalore, Mar 1 (UNI) Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal S P Tyagi today gave a call for reshaping the business processes of the Indian Air Force by invoking optimal use of IT.

Inaugurating a two-day seminar on 'IT Challenges in IAF,' attended by senior IAF commanders and captains of the Indian IT industry here, he said there was a need to identify similarities with the business processes of the industry and reshape the force.

He said IAF was a technology-intensive service that used high-end hardware and software systems for airborne and ground-based applications. IAF needed an over-arching IT architecture that drew on the internet and best commercial practices. For this, IAF would need to think out of the box, he added.

Wipro Technologies Chairman Azim Premji, in his address, said the seminar signified a major stride forward in the relationship between IAF and the Indian IT companies. To create a superior Air Force, India must indigenise high-tech R and D to design and develop integrated defence systems.

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal A K Nagalia said IAF was embarking on IT initiatives which should have greater reach and application, shrinking distance and time domains to facilitate timely decision making. The seminar sessions should provide a forum for the commanders and senior staff at directional level on one hand and captains of the industry on the other to exchange and share ideas and experiences towards achieving the goal.

Air Marshal B N Gokhale, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command, in his welcome address, said IAF had achieved a fair degree of success in developing IT solutions in operational and other administrative areas. Opining that IAF had a lot to learn from the civil sector, he urged the IT industry to have greater participation in defence applications.

Exhibition kiosks were put up by Indian IT companies, including Wipro Technologies, TCS, HCL Infosystems, Meltronics and Flightline on the occasion. IAF also put up two kiosks on behalf of Software Development Institute, Bangalore, and Software Development Centre, New Delhi, showcasing avionics, simulation and workflow automation software development in-house.


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