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Astrata and Ilias Solutions join forces to improve air force readiness


Astrata, a provider of location-based solutions for the connected fleet, supply chain, government and aviation sectors, and Ilias Solutions, a company that empowers military logistics and operations with their defence software platform, have announced a partnership agreement. The partnership aims to deliver the next generation of military GSE management in support of air forces around the world.

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Astrata and Ilias Solutions join forces to improve air force readiness The partnership aims to deliver the next generation of military GSE management in support of air forces around the world (Picture source: Ilias/Astrata)


The partnership will deliver ground-breaking solutions for optimising GSE operations by enhancing the Ilias Solutions’ defence software platform, as used by defence customers globally, with Astrata’s proprietary technology and systems, as used by world’s leading airlines and airports. The combined next generation GSE solution will offer full visibility of the location, availability, usage and condition of equipment, operational readiness, and capture Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) data.

Harry Corstens, Business Development at Ilias Solutions, said: “We are proud to announce this partnership with Astrata. By using our joint best practice commercial and defence knowledge, Ilias Solutions enriches our Ground Support Equipment Solution. Next to achieving awareness of in- and outdoor location, we are able to monitor usage and health of the equipment, improving availability and enhancing the awareness on operational readiness. It fits Ilias Solutions’ overall Total Asset Visibility approach, minimising the logistics footprint, therewith enhancing forces’ mission readiness.”

The world’s leading airlines and airports rely on technology to stay ahead of the competition, reduce costs and improve their service levels. Astrata provides state-of-the art systems to manage, automate and optimise critical aspects of ground crew and passenger transportation operations in one single platform. Thanks to the partnership with ILIAS Solutions, this proven Astrata solution for commercial airports will in future also be available for defence customers.

Harold Vermanen, Senior Director Government and Large Scale Systems at Astrata, said: “I am very proud that Ilias Solutions and Astrata are joining forces, resulting in this next generation GSE solution for air forces around the world. This joint solution is the sum of Ilias Solutions as used by defence customers, and Astrata’s proven GSE Solution as used by commercial airports. It enables the transformation to a more information driven organisation, operating with fewer limitations on manpower, location and time, improving air force readiness.” Ilias Solutions develops information management solutions for the military (including, e.g., the Belgian Army, Chilean Air Force, Hellenic Air Force), enabling armed forces to manage their capabilities. The Ilias Intelligent Health and Usage Monitoring system (I-HUMS) enhances know-how to achieve higher levels of maintenance and logistics, and to translate this knowledge into tangible and pragmatic solutions.

The partnership agreement was signed on 21st December 2020 by Astrata Europe’s General Manager, Cagatay Kibriscikli, and Ilias Solution’s CEO, Jean-Pierre Wildschut during a ceremony held remotely, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.