Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has awarded a follow-on order to Saab for the delivery of new self-protection systems for the Indian Army’s Dhruv helicopter.

Valued at Skr350m ($39.16m), the order includes delivery of the integrated defensive aid suite 2 (IDAS-2).

Saab Surveillance Business Area head Anders Carp said: “This follow-on order confirms our successful partnership with HAL and further establishes Saab as a local partner to the Indian industry.”

With deliveries scheduled to start next year, production of the self-protection systems are slated to be carried out at Saab’s manufacturing facility in Centurion, South Africa.

The IDAS protection suite has been developed to deliver platform self-protection for platforms such as rotary and fixed-wing aircraft in modern, diverse and challenging threat environments.

“This order strengthens our position as a supplier of high-tech systems to the Indian Armed Forces.”

Saab Grintek Defence head Trevor Raman said: “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.”

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To date, Saab has delivered its IDAS systems to an increasing number of customers in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The self-protection solution is currently in operational use on-board several helicopters, commercial transport aircraft and fighter jets in many countries.

The Indian Army’s Dhruv helicopter is a twin engine, multi-role, multi-mission advanced light helicopter (ALH), with major variants classified as Dhruv Mk-I, Mk-II, Mk-III & Mk-IV.

Certification of the helicopter’s utility military variant was completed in 2002.