Saab subsidiary Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) Avionics Division have signed a contract to deliver transfer of technology (ToT) between South Africa and India. Announced at Aero India 2017, the contract - valued at ZAR112 million (USD8.5 million) - will see the transfer of technology for in-country maintenance of Saab’s Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) system in India. IDAS has been selected as the electronic warfare (EW) self-protection system for Indian Air Force and Indian Army Aviation Corps variants of the HAL Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter. The maintenance ToT provides for the supply and commissioning of test infrastructure at HAL Hyderabad along with documentation and training of HAL personnel in Centurion, South Africa, and Hyderabad. “The export of this technology to India bodes well for future manufacturing and skills transfers, and for building an ongoing mutually beneficial partnership in line with the ‘Make in India’ initiative,” says Trevor Raman, President and CEO of Saab Grintek Defence. The ToT programme will run for 24 months and will qualify HAL Hyderabad as a Saab-approved IDAS repair facility. HAL will focus on maintenance and repair of IDAS equipment for the Indian end-users. Saab will continue to support HAL Hyderabad with critical spares and proprietary components for the entire service life of IDAS. The contract follows a long term business agreement signed by SGD and HAL in 2005, which provides for the delivery of IDAS equipment by SGD, based on annual orders. Series production of IDAS systems at SGD is currently underway with more than 200 ordered to date.
Saab offers world class sensor package for indian tejas lca
Defence and security company Saab offers a fighter sensor package for the Indian Tejas LCA Mk1A fighter aircraft. The package consist of a state-of-the-art Saab AESA fighter radar closely integrated with a compact electronic warfare suite using
Gallium Nitride based AESA technology. Saab, in partnership with Indian industry, offers a solution that will bring the required Airborne Electronically Scanned Array ( AESA) Fighter radar and Electronic warfare capability to India and the Indian Air Force. Thanks to our extensive technology development Saab can offer the latest technology, on time for the LCA Mk 1A needs, at low risk. The AESA fighter radar is developed by Saab with antenna technology based on the latest technologies using Gallium Nitride (GaN) and Silicone Carbide (SiC) substrates in combination with the latest generation of exciter/receiver and processor technology, giving optimum installed performance in a dense signal environment. The radar has a complete mode suite which includes air-to-air, air-toground and air-to-sea capabilities. A built-in memory provides a tool to record a large amount of data from performed flights. Integration in the LCA Mk1A fighter aircraft is enabled by the limited space, power and cooling required. The EW suite consists of sensors and a transmitter developed by Saab and is a highly capable and extremely compact solution that provides essential situational awareness and self-protection. The heart of the suite is an alectronic warfare receiver which is connected to a front end receiver and fin tip antennas inside the aircraft. Included is also an external AESA jammer pod. The radar warning system is based on ultra-wideband digital receivers and has very high probability of intercept, very good sensitivity and very high selectivity for handling the complex signal environment of today. The AESA jammer pod is small in size, low on weight and drag. Selfprotection is based on Wideband Digital RF Memory (DRFM) that provides advanced jamming techniques and arbitrary combination of jamming waveforms. Transmission is performed by using GaN-based AESA:s. The EW suite also includes ground support systems and recording capability for advanced mission planning and post flight analysis. Saab’s solutions are based on the latest state-ofthe-art technologies and COTS (commercial-offthe-shelf) available. The AESA fighter radar and electronic warfare units have no ITAR-restricted (Internationally Traffic in Arms Regulations) components, due to the high degree of Saab in-house developed and manufactured building blocks. Using contemporary technology provides the adaptability and growth potential needed to stay ahead. Technologies are re-used between variants and platforms in order to minimize Life Cycle Cost (LCC). “In our partnership, the transfer of technology will secure an indigenous Indian capability for series production,
maintenance, repair and overhaul capability. Testing and development of the fighter sensor package will have synergies with the systems developed for Gripen,” says Anders Carp, head of Saab business area Surveillance. Saab has a proven background in tailoring systems to customer needs. This brings extensive experience from having open relations with customers when adapting advanced systems to new platforms. “Saab is a world leading company in the sensor area and has equipped some 4500 fighter aircraft with radar and electronic warfare systems. This has given us wide experience of successful sensor system integration, testing, and evaluation of radar and EW systems on fighter aircraft,” says Anders Carp.
Saab offers to set up world's most modern fighter aircraft facility in india
Defence and Security Company Saab offers to set up the world's most modern ecosystem and facility in India, to manufacture Gripen E for India and the global market. From this unique industrial base India will accelerate its ability to design, develop, manufacture, modify and enhance new fighters for the future. The state-of-the-art facilities for India would include a dedicated Gripen Design Centre, a major production facility equipped with the latest manufacturing technologies and robotics systems, a radar and sensor centre, final assembly plus test and verification centres. The facilities to be set up would also deliver depot-level maintenance, repair and overhaul and design services. This fighter technology ecosystem would support the full spectrum of production capabilities for India, including parts manufacturing and sub-assembly. "Saab is offering an industrial facility that will be the centre-of-gravity for the Made-in-India Gripen. It is an unrivalled offer that will set new standards in aeronautical engineering excellence for decades to come, should India procure Gripen," says Saab India Chairman Jan Widerström. In close cooperation with Saab, engineers and technicians from Indian partner and supplier companies will live and work in Sweden and at global partners' sites, They will be trained at today's production facilities, to gain the knowledge and experience needed for transfer to Indian-made Gripens once India's own facilities are operational. Saab's R&D collaborations in India will see a rapid expansion. Saab would incubate partnerships between its global supply chain and Indian suppliers. Saab would also foster R&D partnerships for next-generation platform, system and sub-system design and development across the industry. To support the Gripen facilities and the wider aerospace industry, Saab will set up a training academy for pilots, technicians and aerospace engineers. Saab has started to identify and evaluate Tier 2 and Tier 3 partners from all over India. Saab's partnership and procurement teams have met many Indian companies to assess capabilities and areas of cooperation. In addition, Saab has evaluated potential sites in a number of states and has entered into discussions with several state governments. India's indigenous aerospace capabilities will be built up to establish, operate and secure a national support network, through true technology transfer to Indian industry. This will ensure that the Indian Air Force is completely self-reliant, and need look only within India for all required support. Mats Palmberg, Vice President, Industrial Partnerships, Aeronautics, Saab AB described the benefits of Saab's proposal saying, "Saab's offer of Made-in-India Gripen fighters includes the setting up of a completely new industrial ecosystem in India, with the capabilities to produce and upgrade the world's most advanced fighter aircraft, for India and for export. The offer involves transfer of critical technology to India, and close cooperation with Indian partner companies and suppliers, for longterm fighter capability development in India."
Saab India Chairman Jan Widerström
Trevor Raman, President and CEO, Saab Grintek Defence
Anders Carp, Head, Saab business area Surveillance