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.
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.”
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.