Tech Mahindra has secured a contract with the Indian Navy to implement a radio frequency identification (RFID) based access control system across all naval bases and ships.

The Rs3bn ($42.99m) contract was awarded as part of the Indian Ministry of Defence’s ‘Armed Forces Secure Access Card’ (AFSAC) project. Tech Mahindra will help the Indian Navy with its digital transformation.

The new AFSAC Card being developed by the tech company will be used to replace the existing paper-based identity card. The project will cover all navy personnel, including dependents and ex-servicemen.

Tech Mahindra India business and corporate affairs president Sujit Baksi said: “It is an incredible feat for us to work with the Indian Navy on this project to enhance our national defence security systems.

“This order further cements our role as one of the leading system integrators globally. With our proven expertise in tech enablement and digital transformation, we look forward to collaborating with the Indian Navy in ramping up the national security infrastructure.”

Furthermore, the firm will create an application to manage the access control devices, network devices and the AFSAC through a data centre.

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The application will be built using the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) level 5 processes. Tech Mahindra will implement the project over the next two years.

The project is intended to provide issuance, handling, administration, management and lifecycle support of AFSAC Cards on turnkey basis.

Indian Navy project director commodore Atul Kumar said: “The security of Indian Naval establishments against unauthorised access, is a thrust area and the AFSAC project will be an important step towards achieving this aim; with a combination of cutting-edge technology and professional execution.

“Tech Mahindra will implement the project over the next two years.”

“We look forward to collaborating with Tech Mahindra in this path-breaking endeavour.”

Last year, Tech Mahindra formed two partnerships with foreign firms in the defence sector, reported The Hindu.

The first deal was with Israeli company Aeronautics to supply naval shipborne unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can be launched from Indian warships. The second was with Japan’s ShinMaywa Industries for naval seaplanes.