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IDAS integrated self-protection suite

Saab’s Integrated Defence Aids Suite (IDAS) is a proven self-protection suite for airborne platforms. Benefits include instantaneous response to multiple threats and intuitive situational awareness.

Key features

Radar warning receiver, missile and laser warning and countermeasure management
Fully automated response
Intuitive threat situational awareness
Cost efficient, size, weight and power
Fully integrated sub-systems

Watching your back

For aircraft operating in sophisticated, diverse, and dense threat environments, self-protection is crucial. With Saab’s fully Integrated Defence Aids Suite (IDAS) – a proven end-to-end, multi-spectral EW self-protection suite for rotary and fixed-wing platforms – you can take advantage of immediate and automatic countermeasure dispensing as well as instant warning and threat awareness to the crew. This is essential since survival depends on doctrine-tactics in combination with countermeasures.

In short, with IDAS watching your back, you are well prepared for the most challenging missions, in the most demanding threat environments.

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Fly and forget

When flying in hostile airspace it is vital that the crew, despite the risk of being attacked, can pay full attention to the mission. With IDAS on board they can trust the system to automatically detect and effectively counter different types of threats while allowing them to concentrate on the tasks at hand.

Direction fast-forward

When investing in a modern self-protection capability, one expects a system that will keep up with technology and increasingly challenging threat scenarios. Through continuous improvements we make sure your self-protection system will not only keep up with the challenges, but also stay ahead.

Self-protection in a more compact suite

Saab’s self-protection suite can also be provided in a more compact version with electro-optical sensors and a smaller controller. This configuration does not feature the RWR functionality but is identical to IDAS in all other aspects. This solution is ideal for aircraft that does not require a RWR capability.

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Less is more

Adding and integrating new equipment into an aircraft is always associated with challenges. IDAS provides any number of sensor suite combinations and has been integrated with a range of third-party sensors and sub-systems, such as Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) and Infrared Missile Approach Warning systems (IR-MAW).

With a low box count and a variety of standard aircraft interfaces, IDAS is easily integrated on any aircraft type in user selectable configurations.

In other words, a complete, space saving system, a single point of entry, less risks, and more functionality.

IDAS in numbers

The IDAS system is installed on an aircraft in a way that allows the sensors to detect radar (2.0GHz – 18GHz or 0.5GHz – 40GHz), missile and laser threats from any position relative to the aircraft. The system reacts either automatically, semi-automatically or in back-up/manual modes, depending on crew selection.

The countermeasures responses are fully user-programmable via software tools and training provided by Saab.

IDAS provides radar warning functionality in two optional frequency ranges between 0.5GHz and 40 GHz. A missile warning sub-system provides ultra-violet based missile launch detection with angle of arrival accuracy sufficient for smart countermeasures dispensing as well as DIRCM cueing.

IDAS integrates laser warning sensors with the ability to detect four types of laser threats , Laser Rangefinder, Laser Beamrider, Laser Designator & Dazzlers)

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At your side all the way

At Saab, support is an integral part of our system delivery and the basis for making your systems mission ready and ensuring operational excellence. Our experts have solid experience in tailoring support services and finding smart ways to provide support for every stage of the system’s lifecycle.

Our offer includes operational and intermediate level support options as well as a full range of training options to give users full control of threat libraries and data.

Your partner in airborne self-protection

Being a complete, fully integrated end-to-end solution, IDAS has everything you need to protect your airborne platforms. Its advanced threat libraries together with effective support tools and training paves the way for you to establish, control and secure a sovereign capability within airborne self-protection.

With Saab as your partner, your self-protection capability will constantly be moving forward.

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Did you know...?

... that IDAS systems are operational on 30+ aircraft types in more than 15 countries – some of which are NATO members – in different parts of the world? We call it the gold standard. With IDAS, we are setting the standard for platform agnostic, integrated self-protection systems. The numbers speak for themselves.

  • The system has been installed on Mach2+ fighters.

  • IDAS has the lowest box count of comparable systems, and it can be integrated with most third-party, existing countermeasures solutions.

  • IDAS is compatible with a wide range of Directional Infrared Counter Measures (DIRCMs).

There are more than 500 IDAS systems installed around the globe

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Anton Kieck
Marketing & Sales


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