Saab, the Swedish defence major has bagged two orders from the Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL), worth $33 million. It is for the serial production of integrated electronic warfare self-protection systems for the Indian Army’s and Air Force’s Advanced Light Helicopter.

Deliveries are scheduled to commence in 2014. Development and production of the Saab’s Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAD) will take place at Saab in Centurion, South Africa, a company release said here today.

The IDAS protects crew and aircraft. It enhances the survivability in diverse and dense environments. The system provides a timely warning against different types of threats including, radar, laser and missile by automatically deploys appropriate counter measures.

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

The system has a proven capability on many airborne platforms, including Boeing CH-47 Chinook, Sukhoi Su-30MKM, Eurocopter etc. Deliveries are ongoing for HAL’s Advanced Light Helicopter. “The fact that HAL and Armed Forces continue to order IDAS shows the effectiveness and reliability of the solution”, said Lars-Olof Lindgren, Head of Market Area, Saab India.

Somasekhar.m@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on September 20, 2013)
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