Indian Airforce has formally launched The Stores, Proactive, Efficient and Expeditious Despatch of Extra Size/ Wt Consignment (SPEEDEX) contract. It was concluded in June 2018 between with Balmer Lawrie & Co Ltd and Ashok Travel and Tours for air and surface component respectively.
The contract aims to overcome delay in piecemeal dispatch of consignment and to move operationally urgent stores by air and normal consignments by surface mode. This will facilitate door to door pickup and delivery facility with fixed timelines, lesser than speed post. It will help to enhance IAF’s support maintenance activities and improve operational preparedness.
The ability to lift, shift and move is essence of sound transportation management. It has profound impact on all principles of military logistics. In the past, IAF had been using hired transport for movement of cargo to various IAF bases, which resulted in delay in dispatch of critically required stores. Therefore, overcome this delay and reduce time taken for transportation of items and ensure early availability of stores to the field units this contract was formulated.