Saab has been contracted to supply self-protection systems for H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopters.

Under the contract awarded by Airbus Helicopters, Saab will deliver integrated defensive aids suite (IDAS) electronic warfare self-protection systems for H225M Caracals.

The IDAS has been designed to protect crew by enhancing platform survivability in sophisticated, diverse and dense threat environments, Saab stated.

The system is also said to warn against radar, laser and infrared (IR) guided threats, as well as automatically deploy appropriate countermeasures.

Commenting on the latest contract award, Saab Surveillance business area head Anders Carp said: “This order confirms Saab’s strong position as a supplier of world-class airborne self-protection systems, which improves the customer’s operational capabilities.”

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The company will produce the IDAS self-protection system at the Saab Grintek Defence premises in Centurion, South Africa, during the period between 2017 and 2018.

"Saab has a longstanding relationship with Airbus and the order of our effective and reliable IDAS system reaffirms our partnership.”

Saab Grintek Defence CEO Trevor Raman said: “Saab has a longstanding relationship with Airbus and the order of our effective and reliable IDAS system reaffirms our partnership.”

Deliveries under the contract will take place in 2020.

To date, the system has been used on many airborne platforms, such as Saab 2000, Agusta-Westland A109, Super Lynx 300, Boeing CH-47 Chinook, Denel Rooivalk and Oryx, Eurocopter Cougar, Puma and Super Puma, NH Industries NH90, C-130 and L100 Hercules, Sukhoi Su-30MKM.

Saab is currently supplying IDAS for India-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s advanced light helicopter, Dhruv.

Image: H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopter. Photo: courtesy of Saab.