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26 Aug 02. IFS and Northrop Grumman Information Technology (IT) have formed an alliance to provide IFS products and services to Northrop Grumman IT’s extensive foreign military customer base.

Under the terms of the agreement, IFS and Northrop Grumman IT will collaborate on sales of IFS’ integrated suite of web-based applications to Northrop Grumman IT’s current foreign military customers as well as pursue new opportunities in this market. Northrop Grumman IT will provide marketing and task order management for IFS Applications software for foreign military sales opportunities under the Parts and Repair Ordering Systems (PROS) II contract.

“IFS 2002 Applications are very attractive to us as the type of COTS product that our foreign military customers require,” said Joe Penarczyk, vice president, Northrop Grumman IT’s Logistics Systems operating unit.

“IFS Packaged for Payback(TM) provides tailorable best-of-breed applications for the defense/MRO marketplace.”

“Our joint efforts with Northrop Grumman IT will allow IFS to successfully penetrate the foreign military market,” says Harry Mosesian, IFS vice president. “We have engaged a very strong team here in North America with Northrop Grumman IT, and the FMS opportunities we are jointly pursuing will position IFS as a leader in this market space.”

For the foreign military defense market, IFS is marketing a select group of its more than 60 web-based components. This integrated suite of component-based business applications includes maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), logistical fleet management, product data and document management, supply chain management, engineering and project delivery, e-business, and enterprise asset management, along with other modules.

Comment: This announcement confirms the IFS software as the system of choice for military applications. IFS is already well established within the UK military through the link with BAEE SYSTEMS and this agreement with Northrop should see the system being established in a number of overseas armed forces.

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