Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) will produce the Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) for H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopters under a new contract from Airbus Helicopters.
Production will take place in Centurion, South Africa, between 2017 and 2018, with deliveries scheduled for 2020, Saab announced today.
“Saab has a longstanding relationship with Airbus and the order of our effective and reliable IDAS system reaffirms our partnership,” said Trevor Raman, CEO of Saab Grintek Defence.
“This order confirms Saab´s strong position as a supplier of world class airborne self-protection systems, which improves the customer’s operational capabilities,” said Anders Carp, head of Saab business area Surveillance.
IDAS warns against radar, laser and infrared (IR) guided threats and automatically deploys appropriate countermeasures. IDAS has been designed for both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. Saab also produces protection systems for both land and naval applications.
Saab says IDAS has been chosen for many different airborne platforms, including 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, and Sukhoi Su-30MKM. Deliveries are ongoing for the HAL Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), which is one of the biggest customers for IDAS.
Saab is looking at installing IDAS aboard other helicopters made by HAL, such as its Light Combat Helicopter, and expects more IDAS sales from India.
In April this year Saab announced another self-protection contract, for 29 BOZ-101 EC self-protection pods for the German Air Force’s Tornado jets. Production will take place at Saab sites in Järfälla, Sweden and in Centurion, South Africa and deliveries will take place during 2017-2020.