UK Ministry of Defence contractor Lockheed Martin has selected Sweden's IFS Applications to provide core enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for the MoD's James (Joint Asset Management Engineering Solution) Land project.
IFS's contract is worth £13.9m. The James Land project follows the previously implemented James 1 system, which is in use by 9,000 UK army personnel.
The management information system will enable the army to optimise asset usage by minimising fleet sizes.
IFS ERP applications will give the army information about asset identification, configuration and maintenance requirements, as well as current usage and ownership.
James Land upgrades the James 1 system by adding IFS Applications components to handle processes involved in engineering, asset data collection and analysis, as well as workshop management for modification of equipment.
The system will also improve force mobility and will be extended to include ground-based equipment used by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
The goal is to improve availability, enhance operational and training effectiveness, and reduce equipment support costs.
The roll-out of James Land, which is based on IFS Applications 7, is due to begin in 2010.