Saab receives IDAS order for Indian ALH
Saab will commence serial production of an integrated electronic warfare self-protection system for installation on the Indian Army’s and Air force’s Advanced Light Helicopter. The company received two orders for the equipment with a combined value of $33 million.
The orders follow initial serial production orders received in 2008 and further establish the company as a local partner to the Indian Industry and provider of high tech products and systems to the Indian armed forces.
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 warning against different types of threats including radar, laser and missile approach warning; and automatically deploys the appropriate countermeasures.
The system has been integrated 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.
Micael Johansson, senior vice president and head of Electronic Defence Systems, Saab, said: ‘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.’
Lars-Olof Lindgren, head of market area Saab India, added: ‘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.’
Deliveries of the system to the Indian forces are scheduled to begin in 2014.
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