IDAS – Self-Protection for Airborne Platforms

Saab’s Integrated Defence Aids Suite (IDAS) system, selected as the Electronic Warfare self-protection system for the Indian Army’s and Air force’s Advanced Light Helicopter (Dhruv), is an Electronic Warfare system designed to provide self-protection for airborne platforms in sophisticated, diverse and dense threat environments. IDAS is a fully integrated multi-spectral system that can be configured for radar warning, laser-warning, and missile-approach-warning.

Even though IDAS has been designed as an integrated system from the onset, its modular system architecture allows the system to be configured in any combination of the three sensor-system types as user requirements may dictate. An optional digital receiver (DRx) is available to enhance the radar warning performance of the system.

Saab’s new advanced lightweight Counter Measure Dispensing System (CMDS) is fully integrated with IDAS. The dispensers are controlled via a fully integrated chaff-and-flare dispenser controller that resides in the EWC. This allows for automatic dispensing under the control of the EWC upon threat-identification. The system can handle mixed payloads per dispenser, i.e. chaff and flares mixed in each dispenser.

The IDAS system offers cost-effective defensive aids, providing exceptional performance in a lightweight form for rotary winged, fixed wing and fighter aircraft. It also comes in a compact version configured with only electro-optic sensors and CMDS, designed specifically for the protection of aircraft against man-portable air-defence systems (MANPADS) and laser-based threats. Multiple interfaces and low box-count allows easy installation in helicopters, transport aircraft and fighters.

Saab has signed a long term business agreement with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the supply of IDAS and will include transfer of technology of the system. The program is now in the series production phase and has received multiple production orders in the past years, with more orders to follow during 2016