The AW101 is a maritime ship-borne Anti Submarine platform designed from the drawing board as such.Are there any roles within Navy which only a helicopter of size of AW-101 can execute? If AW-149 is procured, will it leave any blank areas within operational structure needing to be covered?
It is the complete package for every role envisaged for a naval helicopter.
AW149 is a commercial platform which will be modified to meet some requirements, but cannot fulfill the complete range in comparison to the AW101.
PN needs to replace the Seaking's, which have been in service for more than 45 years and only the AW101 can be a true successor.
NH-90 could have been an alternate but it will not be exported to non partner countries.