Only two countries, UK and Russia manufacture those and they are not widely exported. Unless there was a heli-carrier in PN I don't see the requirement for an AEW chopper and most of our ships will still be able to operate within the umbrella provided by K-3EsThe PN's smartly leveraging the infrastructure they already have to quickly add a necessary multirole naval helicopter. I'd be interested in seeing how (if at all) the Sea Kings will interoperate with the Tughril-class (054A/P) frigates. Or if a Z-9-variant is still on the cards for the latter.
In any case, due to the high-cost, high-complexity nature of AShW & ASW helicopters, it'll be a long time before the Sea Kings are totally gone. Even if the PN inducts a new helicopter (which it will IMO), it'll buy those in small incremental batches. Your naval AW101 or NH-90 costs $100+ m per unit. It wouldn't surprise me if the PN times such a purchase around the time UK, Italy, etc, start retiring their older units (i.e. new + old aircraft).
Personally, I think one area they might fast-track is helicopter-based AEW. It's starting to seem like a need given the growth of surface assets and the packed pipeline.
Well since you said it on this magical forum...Only two countries, UK and Russia manufacture those and they are not widely exported. Unless there was a heli-carrier in PN I don't see the requirement for an AEW chopper and most of our ships will still be able to operate within the umbrella provided by K-3Es
uk scraps everythingWTF, UK scrapped Sea King project has the helicopters kept crashing and were too expensive to maintain and no they have dumped it on Pakistan, I wonder how much bribes were paid to buy this junk.
6 plus 10 should be 16 in total then why now total in 13?Basically now PN air arm has 13 sea king that can do anti sub and anti surface role in addition to SAR and utility transport. Few years ago it was just 6 ... A definite many fold increase in offensive punch. Plus 6 sea king for air assault. A definite good increase from zero to 6.
The re-painting is done when the helis go in for overhaul. Why would PN take helis out of service just to re-paint them which is a cosmetic issue? Its a different case when you get new assets and you can get them in the scheme you desire. As a taxpayer, one should be happy that such cosmetic things are not done out of cycle.Why have the PN kept the existing colour scheme on the Qatari and UK Sea Kings? Is it down to cost?