Saab announced today that it has received follow-on orders worth US$ 78 million (SEK 740 million) from Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL), India, to produce integrated electronic warfare self-protection system for installation on the Indian Army’s and Air Force’s Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv.
Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) protects crew by enhancing platform survivability in sophisticated, diverse and dense threat environments. The system provides timely warning against radar, laser and IR guided threats and automatically deploys the appropriate countermeasures.
“With these follow-on orders we continue to build on our very successful partnership with HAL and further establish Saab as a local partner to the Indian industry and as a supplier of high tech products and systems to the Indian Armed Forces”, says Lars-Olof Lindgren, head of Saab market area India.
Production of the IDAS system will take place at Saab in Centurion, South Africa (Saab Grintek Defence). Deliveries will take place during the years 2015 to 2018.
In addition to the production orders received, Saab also received orders for IDAS ground support and test equipment for the Advanced Light Helicopter program.
The system has a long and successful history with proven capability on many airborne platforms such as the Saab 2000, Agusta-Westland A109, Super Lynx 300, Boeing CH-47 Chinook, Denel Rooivalk and Oryx, Eurocopter Cougar, Puma & Super Puma, NH Industries NH90, C-130 and L100 Hercules, Sukhoi Su-30MKM. Deliveries are ongoing for the HAL Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv.