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Saab producing helicopter defense system for India

Sept. 20, 2013 at 1:25 PM

LINKOPING, Sweden, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Saab is serial producing integrated electronic warfare self-defense systems for use on Indian Army and Air Force helicopters.

The two orders, worth a total of about $33 million, were placed by Hindustan Aeronautic Limited, which will install the units on the advanced light helicopter.

"Saab has an unbeaten capability in the field of electronic warfare and self-protection," said Micael Johansson, senior vice president and head of Saab's Electronic Defense Systems business area. "The IDAS system is one of our flagship products sold to customers around the world."

Saab's Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) warns pilots of radar, laser and missile approach threats and automatically deploys the appropriate countermeasures.

The two orders received initial serial production orders received from India in 2008. Development and production of the IDAS system will take place at Saab in Centurion, South Africa, with deliveries scheduled to start next year.

"With these orders we continue to build on our very successful partnership with HAL," said Lars-Olof Lindgren, head of Market Area Saab India.

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