SAAB Avitronics wins Indian Dhruv helicopter self-protection system deal
Written by defenceWeb editor Leon Engelbrecht, Friday, 09 January 2009
Saab Avitronics will this year start serial production of its Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) for fitment to the indigenous Indian Advanced Light Helicopter now in production at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
A Saab media release says it received two production orders worth approximately SEK 196 million (US$24 million) for the IDAS in December. Production will take place in Centurion, Pretoria.
IDAS will be installed on the "weapon systems" (armed) version of Dhruv and will "provide these platforms with electronic warfare (EW) self-protection." The helicopter features a modern glass cockpit that features a fully integrated IDAS system.
"We are proud of being a supplier for this advanced helicopter and look forward to continuing our cooperation and long term relationship with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited," says Saab Avitronics managing director Micael Johansson.
He says the production orders follow initial orders for development and prototype deliveries as well as the first series production order received in April.
Saab says IDAS is the world`s most comprehensive integrated EW suite for airborne platforms and has been the choice for the Denel AH1A Rooivalk and M1 Oryx, NH Industries NH90, Agusta Westland Super Lynx 300 and A109, Boeing CH47 Chinook, Eurocopter Cougar and Super Puma.
Designed from the outset as a fully integrated modular system, IDAS combines radar, laser, UV missile approach warning and countermeasures dispensing functions in a single system controller. Its modular system architecture allows IDAS to be configured for any one or any combination of the three sensor types.
Saab Avitronics employs some 1300 employees at Järfälla, Kista and Jönköping in Sweden and at Centurion and Cape Town in SA. Saab Avitronics is legally-speaking part of Grintek Defence (Pty) Ltd in SA and Saab AB in Sweden.
The company has a 60-year track record of developing and integrating avionics for both military and commercial aircraft and a 50-year tradition of developing and integrating electronic warfare systems for all branches of the armed forces.
- New arms deal allegations surface
- Sweden gains speed in Indian arms race as France falters
- AEEI acquires 25% of Saab Grintek Defence
- Another adjournment for the Seriti Commission
- Saab Grintek Defence’s Impi blue force tracker gets first export order
- Saab Grintek Defence growing as global EW player
- Saab Grintek Defence receives R940 million orders for Indian self-protection systems
- Another change to Seriti witness schedule
- Mauritius orders Do 228 from India for maritime surveillance
- Saab finalizes $5.4 billion Brazil order for 36 fighter jets
Excalibur Shelters provides self-lifting, ISO-compliant shipping containers
by Excalibur Shelters, 6 July 2015
Known as the SL-Tainer, the self-lifting and levelling technology gives humanitarian and defence industries versatile mobile platform opportunities.
Ichikowitz Foundation supports efforts to save endangered Saiga antelope
by Paramount Group, 3 July 2015
The doctors' visit to Kazakhstan to investigate the mass die-off of more than 130 000 endangered Saiga antelope is funded by the Ichikowitz Family Foundation and Paramount Group.
Denel book will radically change SA's maths, science, technology landscape
by Denel Corporate, 1 July 2015
"Defence Technology Made Easy" will create awareness about innovation and post-school opportunities derived from maths, science and tech education.
High-stress technical springs
by Atlantis Corporation, 1 July 2015
The company's spring technology can be found in the fields of defence and weapon technology, as well as in machine tool construction.
Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to open Land Forces Africa
by Land Forces Africa, 1 July 2015
The minister of defence and military veterans, Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula, will open the event in Pretoria on 6 July.
Nautic Africa appoints Grant Bassingthwaighte as chief commercial officer
by Nautic Africa, 19 June 2015
Grant Bassingthwaighte's main focus is to support business development and contribute to strategic decision-making of Nautic Africa.