New Delhi: In one of the biggest private sector engagements in the defence sector, country’s leading power utility Tata Power Company has bagged a contract to modernise the Airfield Infrastructure of the Indian Air Force (IAF) for an undisclosed amount.

It has been awarded the order to modernise the Airfield Infrastructure of Indian Air Force from the Ministry of Defence, Tata Power said in a statement on Monday. 

"The Programme, known as Modernisation of Airfield Infrastructure – Phase I (MAFI-I), is of strategic importance and aims to improve capability of the Airfields to handle the modern combat air fleet being inducted by IAF," Tata Power said.

However, the financial details were not disclosed.

Tata Power Strategic Electronics Division (SED) Chief Executive Officer Rahul Chaudhry said the contract "won against a Global Defence tender of MoD, is a watershed moment, not only for us, but also for increasing private sector participation in Indian defence sector".

The company has been working closely with Ministry of Defence and DRDO to provide state-of-the-art solutions to Indian Armed Forces for the past four decades, he

Tata Power's Managing Director Anil Sardana noted that bagging this order signifies recognition of Tata Power SED's capability to support the Indian defence establishment.

"Tata Power SED is committed to delivering world-class Airfields to the Indian Air Force and the division will continue to remain a long-term reliable partner to the Indian Armed Forces and other related establishments of MoD," he said.