Indian military orders Saab Grintek Defence self-protection systems

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Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) has been awarded contracts worth $33 million for the supply of its Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS), which will be used on the Dhruv advanced light helicopter.

The two orders were received from the Dhruv’s manufacturer, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which is producing helicopters for the Indian Army and Navy. They follow initial serial production orders received in 2008.

Deliveries are scheduled to commence in 2014. Development and production of the IDAS system will take place at SGD in Centurion.
“With these orders we continue to build on our very successful partnership with HAL. The fact that HAL and the Armed Forces have continued to show faith in the IDAS system is a testimony of the effectiveness and reliability of the solution,” said Lars-Olof Lindgren, Head of Market Area Saab India.
“Saab has an unbeaten capability in the field of electronic warfare and self-protection. The IDAS system is one of our flagship products sold to customers around the world,” said Micael Johansson, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab’s business area Electronic Defence Systems.

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 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.