Saab SA to develop self-protection system for international customer

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Swedish/South African defence and security company Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) has received two orders from Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL),India, for serial production of an integrated electronic warfare self-protection system.

The system, which will be installed on the Indian Army and Air Force’s Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv, will be developed and produced at Saab South Africa’s headquarters, in Centurion (Saab Grintek Defence), and has a total value of approximately R335 million ($33 million).

Saab’s Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) protects crew and aircraft and enhances the survivability in sophisticated, diverse and dense threat environments. The system provides a timely warning against different types of threats, including radar, laser and missile approach warning; and automatically deploys the appropriate countermeasures.

“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,” says Micael Johansson, Senior Vice-President and Head of Saab’s business area Electronic Defence Systems.

Commenting on the development of the integrated system at Saab’s South African base, CEO Magnus Lewis-Olsson said: “Saab in South Africa fulfils an important mandate on the African continent and beyond, by delivering an impressive range of South African electronic warfare technology. Up to 90% of these systems are being designed and produced in Saab Grintek Defence facilities in South Africa– and we are proud to deliver on this important contract.”

These orders follow initial serial production orders received in 2008 and further established Saab as a local partner to the Indian industry, and provider of hi-tech products and systems to the Indian Armed Forces.

“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,” says Lars-Olof Lindgren, head of Market Area Saab India.

Deliveries are scheduled to commence in 2014. Development and production of the IDAS system will take place at Saab in Centurion, South Africa (Saab Grintek Defence).

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 & Super Puma, NH Industries NH90, C-130 and L100 Hercules, Sukhoi Su-30MKM.

Deliveries are ongoing for the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv.