Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) in South Africa and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) Avionics Division have signed a technology transfer contract.
The $8.5m contract includes the transfer of technology for in-country maintenance of Saab’s integrated defensive aids suite (IDAS) system in India.
Saab Grintek Defence president and CEO Trevor Raman said: “The export of this technology to India bodes well for future manufacturing and skills transfers, and for building an ongoing mutually beneficial partnership in line with the ‘Make in India’ initiative.”
IDAS has been selected as the electronic warfare (EW) self-protection system for the Indian Air Force and the Indian Army Aviation Corps variants of HAL Dhruv advanced light helicopter, Saab stated.
The two-year long transfer of technology programme will qualify HAL Hyderabad as a Saab-approved IDAS repair facility.
Under the agreed terms, HAL will be responsible for the maintenance and repair of IDAS equipment for the Indian end-users.
Saab will continue to support HAL Hyderabad by providing spares and proprietary components for the entire service life of IDAS.
The transfer of technology between South Africa and India provides for the supply and commissioning of test infrastructure at HAL Hyderabad along with documentation and training of HAL personnel in both Centurion, South Africa, and Hyderabad.
In 2005, SGD and HAL signed an agreement for the delivery of IDAS equipment.