Saab has received an order for self-protection systems for India’s Dhruv helicopter, manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
Placed by HAL, the follow-on order is for the Integrated Defensive Aids Suite 2 (IDAS-2) self-protection suite that will be used on Indian Army Dhruvs. The order is valued at around MSEK 350 ($450m).
IDAS-2 production for the Indian Army will take place at Saab’s facility in Centurion, South Africa. Deliveries will begin next year.
“This follow-on order confirms our successful partnership with HAL and further establishes Saab as a local partner to the Indian industry,” said Anders Carp, head of Saab business area Surveillance.
IDAS is designed to provide platform self-protection for rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft in diverse and dense threat environments. It has achieved sales in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East and is in operational use on helicopters, commercial transport aircraft and fighters.
“The system has a long and successful history with proven capability on many airborne platforms. This order strengthens our position as a supplier of high-tech systems to the Indian Armed Forces,” said Trevor Raman, head of Saab Grintek Defence.