Long story short, he says Navy needs tons of helos, so lets not buy the "superflous seaplane" 'cause it represents a niche increase in capability and we have more pressing mainstream concerns like lack of ASW helos.Helicopters versus a superfluous seaplane
For a navy wandering the far seas with warships with mostly empty helicopter decks, the prospect of acquiring any helicopter is of utmost importance versus the acquisition of a superfluous seaplane.
Edit: Not one mention of the fact that we need these planes to create a large military presence in the Nicobar islands. The outpost that will be a bulwark against Chinese expansionism.Do not buy US-2 ShinMaywa because it is too expensive and provides only one capability that the Indian Navy might not need.
Looking at the size of this beast, and knowing that its a 10,000 ton ship, I can't begin to imagine what the Next-generation destroyers would like once finished. 13,000 tons