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IFS: IFS supports Affinity in UK MOD Military Flying Training System

IFS Applications 9 and IFS Managed Cloud on Microsoft Azure to support
Affinity Flying Training Services managing aircraft maintenance for
pilot training as part of wider £1.1 billion UK Ministry of Defence
investment into modernization of Fixed Wing military flight training

IFS (, the global
enterprise applications company, announces that Affinity Flying
Training Services ( has chosen IFS
Applications™ 9
and IFS Managed Cloud™
( as
one integrated solution for aircraft maintenance and ERP. The
agreement with IFS, including licenses, is valued at approximately
£1.2 million for the first six years of the 18-year contract.

Affinity Flying Services Limited secured a GBP500 million (USD721
million) contract in February to provide the UK Ministry of Defence
(MOD) and its Ascent Flight Training partner with the aircraft for
the Fixed-Wing portion of the UK Military Flying Training System
(UKMFTS) program.

Affinity, an Elbit Systems and Kellogg Brown & Root joint venture,
will replace legacy MOD fleets with 38 modern training aircraft as
well as simulators and classroom learning for aircrew across the
Royal Air Force, Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, and Army Air Corps. The
contract includes the designing, delivering, and managing of the
fixed-wing training service until 2033 and is expected to provide
around 200 new jobs across training bases in the UK.

As part of this, IFS Applications 9 and the IFS Managed Cloud solution
will provide Affinity with maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and
ERP software for the business as an end-to-end solution-supporting
aircraft operations and maintenance, supply chain, HR, and finance.
Affinity will provide a fixed-wing training aircraft and maintenance
to support UK Fixed Wing military flying training to deliver an
optimized training service and ensure availability of Grob G 120TP
`Prefect', Beechcraft `Texan' T-6C and the Embraer `Phenom' 100
training aircraft.

"Affinity plays a key part in the seamless progression of military
personnel through fixed wing flying training and, with the help of
IFS, will help support a more modern and efficient training pipeline
for UK aircraft pilots," Ian Chalmers, Managing Director at Affinity
Flying Training Services said. "The IFS solution is a perfect fit for
us as it provides an agile and responsive system to better ensure the
maintenance and availability of our aircraft for the duration of our
partnership with Ascent and the MOD, as well as supporting the
running of our JV business."

IFS aerospace and defense industry director Graham Grose said, "We are
delighted to have been selected to be part of this important £500
million MOD and Ascent Flight Training investment
for fixed-wing training. The solution provides Affinity with a
powerful and easily deployed service to streamline the maintenance
process of aircraft and to focus on training the future generation of
military aircraft pilots. By using the solution, Affinity can
maintain the aircraft and prepare future UK aircrew for duty, as well
as making sure strict airworthiness and safety standards are met
alongside the running of the business from day to day with
traditional finance, HR and procurement."

Anders Lundin, Corporate Communications. Telephone: 46 8 58 78 45 00,

About Affinity

Affinity supports UK military air capability by playing a key part in
the seamless progression of pilots through flight training. Under a
landmark partnering programme with Ascent and the Ministry of
Defence, Affinity supplies and supports three fleets of aircraft
within the UK Military Flight Training System (UKMFTS). We support a
training pipeline that is more modern, effective and efficient. As a
result, UK military aircrew will be better prepared for duty. Through
technical advancement and commercial innovation, we deliver aircraft
to match the training needs of the next generation on the frontline.

About IFS

IFS (™ is a globally recognized leader in
developing and delivering enterprise software for enterprise resource
planning (ERP), enterprise asset management (EAM) and enterprise
service management (ESM). IFS brings customers in targeted sectors
closer to their business, helps them be more agile and enables them
to profit from change. IFS is a public company (XSTO: IFS) founded in
1983 and currently has over 2,800 employees. IFS supports more than 1
million users worldwide from its network of local offices and through
a growing ecosystem of partners. For more information visit:

Follow us on Twitter: @ifsworld (

Visit the IFS Blog on technology, innovation and creativity:

IFS discloses the information herein pursuant to the Financial
Instruments Act (1991:980) and/or the Securities Markets Act
(2007:528). The information was submitted for publication on May 10,
2016, at 9 a.m. CEST.


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