Saab has received two serial production orders for the Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) for the Indian Advanced Light Helicopter, Dhruv. The combined value of these orders from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is approximately SEK 196 million. These two production orders follow initial orders for development and prototype deliveries as well as the first series production order for the Indian Dhruv helicopter.

When countering the highly unpredictable threats of the modern battlefield, Saab’s IDAS greatly enhances the chances of mission success. Designed from the outset as a fully integrated modular system, it combines radar, laser, UV missile approach warning and countermeasures dispensing functions in a single system controller. Its modular system architecture allows IDAS to be configured for any one or any combination of the three sensor types. The suite will be installed on India’s weapon systems version of the Dhruv to provide the platforms with Electronic Warfare self-protection. The development and production will take place at Saab Avitronics in Centurion, South Africa.

Micael Johansson, managing director for Saab Avitronics, commented, “We are proud of being a supplier for this advanced helicopter and look forward to continuing our cooperation and long-term relationship with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.”