The SH-15 appeared this week at a defence expo in Karachi. Pakistan is learnt to have ordered more than 50, enough for three artillery regiments.
Sherpa Association’s complaint alleges grant of ‘undue advantages, influence peddling’ etc against Dassault and French government.
The attack was intended to scare Chinese investors, he said.
The three AW101 helicopters were mothballed in 2014, after the VVIP chopper deal was terminated, because of the lack of vendor support.
India has chosen the Russian firm Rosoboronexport for its Very Short-Range Air Defence System.
The 2 stealth frigates will be built by Goa Shipyard Ltd and are expected to be delivered by 2027.
Previous Maldives govt had asked India to take back choppers as it made overtures towards China. New government is more pro-India.
The Indian military’s current fleet of choppers is ageing and inadequate. It’s estimated that over the next 10 years, India needs more than 1,000 helicopters.
The multi-role MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk helicopters are advanced naval machines with sensors, missiles and torpedoes. India wants to buy 24 from the US.
India has wanted these formidable anti-submarine hunter helicopters for more than a decade.