Who advocated BMos from a helo? Not me! Though when BMos- NG comes along,it may be possible as 29Ks reportedly will carry 3 and MKIs 5. I've given a comparison of the various anti- ship ASMs to look at options. The Kongsberg option is going to have a lesser range when compared with the Harpoon,Exocet,Uran class of ASMs which we already possess.Why induct yet another type? Is the IN a zoo to want so many species? Take a look at the menagerie of anti- ship missiles it has
Our Sea Kings right now can carry them. Any problem with the Romeo in carrying these? I can understand the missile being required if carried by a smaller helo on a corvette , but for a major surface combatant one would want a longer ranged missile which would enable the helo to attack the enemy vessel outside the range of its air defences and farther away from its mother ship ,giving it the advantage of launching its missiles first if within range.
The KA-31s design is very neat with the radar folding under the fuselage,unlike the ugly system aboard RN SKs,hung outside of the cabin. However, while the helo may be doing the biz. today,for the future,a larger helo with a similar ,larger radar giving more enhanced capabilities would be worth pursuing for our carriers since they can't operate Hawkeye type AEW aircraft. The DRDO could look at platform options and a JV with the OEM could begin.It may take too long for the HAL's med. helo to arrive to serve the purpose.