Defence and security company Saab has received a 28 million euro (about R277.286 million) order for airborne electronic warfare self-protection systems. The order, announced this morning, will be serviced by Saab’s Electronic Defence Systems division (previously known as Avitronics) , based in Centurion, South Africa, and Järfälla, Sweden. The identity of the buyer was not disclosed.
“The industry’s nature is such that depending on circumstances concerning the product and customer, further information regarding the order will not be announced,” the company says in a statement.
“We are proud of being selected for this major deal for self-protection systems,” says Saab Senior Vice President and EDS head Micael Johansson. “The contract strengthens our position on the world market and shows that our complete electronic warfare self-protection systems are highly competitive”.
Delivery of the Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) will begin next year and end in 2016.
Saab says the IDAS family is “ideally suited to enhance the survivability of aircraft, in sophisticated, diverse and dense threat environments, by providing a multi-sensor warning system i.e. radar, laser and missile approach (passive UV); integrated with the lightweight pyrotechnic dispensing system (BOP/L).”
IDAS is today fitted to the Sukhoi Su-30MKM, the Lockheed Martin C-130B, H and L100, the Saab 2000, the Eurocopter Puma, Super Puma and Cougar, the NH Industries NH90, the Agusta-Westland A109 and A129, the Agusta-Westland Super Lynx 300, the Boeing CH-47 Chinook, the Denel CSH-2A Rooivalk, the Denel M1 Oryx and is on delivery for the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Dhruv.