SAAB TO PROVIDE SELF-PROTECTION SYSTEM FOR INDIA’S ALH
Swedish defence and security company Saab has secured two orders, worth about SEK 216 million ($33 million) from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). As part of the deal, the company will provide an integrated electronic warfare self-protection system to equip the advanced light helicopter, which belongs to the Indian Army and Indian Air Force. The company’s integrated defensive aids suite (IDAS) will protect crew and aircraft, as well as enhance the survivability in sophisticated, diverse and dense threat environments. The system provides a timely warning against different types of threats such as radar, laser and missile approach, and automatically deploys the required countermeasures. The company will develop and produce the IDAS system at its facility in Centurion, South Africa, while deliveries are expected to start in 2014. The IDAS system has been successfully used in many airborne platforms, which include Saab 2000, AgustaWestland A109, Super Lynx 300, Boeing CH-47 Chinook, Denel Rooivalk and Oryx, Eurocopter Cougar. The technology is also used in Puma and Super Puma, NH Industries NH90 C-130 and L100 Hercules and Sukhoi Su-30MKM.