Saab bags or­ders from HAL


De­fence and se­cu­rity com­pany Saab has re­ceived two or­ders from the Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL) for se­rial pro­duc­tion of an in­te­grated elec­tronic war­fare self-pro­tec­tion sys­tem for in­stalla- tion on the In­dian Army’s and Air Force’s ad­vanced light he­li­copter (ALH). The or­ders have a to­tal value of ap­prox­i­mately SEK 216 mil­lion (USD$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.

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 high-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.

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