Saab Receives Order for IDAS-2 Self-Protection Suite for Indian Army’s HAL Dhruv Helicopter

Saab has received a follow-on order from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the IDAS-2 self-protection suite for the Indian Army’s Dhruv helicopter. The order amounts to approximately MSEK 350.

The order includes the IDAS-2 (Integrated Defensive Aids Suite) and the production will take place at Saab’s facility in Centurion, South Africa. Deliveries will begin during 2019.

“This follow-on order confirms our successful partnership with HAL and further establishes Saab as a local partner to the Indian industry,” says Anders Carp, head of Saab business area Surveillance.

IDAS is designed to provide platform self-protection for rotary and fixed wing aircraft in sophisticated, diverse and dense threat environments. It has achieved outstanding operational success with a growing list of customers in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The product is in operational use in many countries on helicopters, commercial transport aircraft as well as fighters.

“The system has a long and successful history with proven capability on many airborne platforms. This order strengthens our position as a supplier of high-tech systems to the Indian Armed forces,” says Trevor Raman, head of Saab Grintek Defence.

Saab’s Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) is an Electronic Warfare (EW) system designed to provide self-defence in sophisticated, diverse and dense threat environments. It protects the crew by enhancing platform survivability by providing timely warning against radar, laser and infrared (IR) guided threats and automatically deploys the appropriate countermeasures.

IDAS can be configured with laser warning, missile-approach warning, as well as the full multi-spectral detection capability for radar; including a Saab digital receiver, DRx, as an option. The system is fully integrated with the BOP-L, Saab’s new advanced lightweight countermeasures (CM) dispensing system.

In addition to HAL Dhruv, 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 and Super Puma, NH Industries NH90, C-130 and L100 Hercules, and Sukhoi Su-30MKM.

Platforms where systems/components have been installed include: Denel Oryx, Aérospatiale SA 330 Puma, Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma, Eurocopter AS532 Cougar, Denel Rooivalk, AgustaWestland AW109, Westland Super Lynx 300, HAL Dhruv, Boeing CH-47 Chinook, Hawk, C-130, Su-30, NH Industries NH90, Mil Mi-17, Embraer 120, Saab Gripen, Saab 2000 AEW&C Erieye, Dash-8 and Panavia Tornado.

Saab Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS)
Saab Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) onboard an Airbus H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopter.

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