Yeah. I myself believe that Sea Kings are on countdown - a stop gap measure. The moment there will be sufficient need and capacity for a new platform, the Navy will opt for it.If it’s only three helicopters then AW101 might still be a good option too.
People here want to see ASW version of 101 in Navy without putting into perspective the bigger picture. There is no warship in fleet with deck large enough to support such heavy helicopter.
Even if we assume near future fleet, I see no room for ASW version of 101. Reason? Same as before. Yes, transport version can be procured and indeed will be required in sufficient numbers to supplement and eventually replace Sea Kings. Standard version is needed for shore based operation, aerial logistics, search & rescue, humanitarian & disaster relief and special ops.
As per ASW version of 101, as long as there are no 'big warships' with appropriate hanger and deck facility, we won't see any AW-101 doing ship borne ASuW-ASW. AW-159, provided we go pure Western route, will suite us far better.
Alamgir can carry (and house) all types of helicopters currently in Navy fleet. But can it undertake all types of helicopter borne ASuW-ASW via sensor integration? It's a different story.Z9 is basically French licensed version , it’s engines , radar etc perhaps the reason why pn opted