Originally Posted by Fazlu
The advantage for special roles would be exceptional compared to any helicopter that would be available today, be it as a tactical helicopter in IAF for special forces, that has longer range, is faster and can be refuelled in air by prop or jet engined tankers.
For IN it would offer even more advantage, once as Roybot said in a AEW version that could be operated from our STOBAR carriers, but with waaaay more range, speed and altitude than the Ka31 we have now. Same goes for a tanker or ASW version, that.
For both forces they would be useful in long range SAR operations as well, for example to rescue pilots that bailed out like we saw in Libya, when a V22 rescued the pilots of an crashed F15.
However, the bird has some important disadvantages too, otherwise it would be a major export successes by now. It is so advanced, that it's unit and operational costs are way higher compared to normal helicopters, that's why it doesn't make sense to buy it for normal utility roles.
Another point is, that flying it is very difficult as well and caused several crashed. IN operates the Sea Harrier with a similar take off concept and had many crashes for the same reasons too, so they might be sceptical about it. Also, most of the version we would need, are not developed yet and we might have to fund the developments.
So there are a lot of pros and cons for the V22, which makes it so difficult to sell it. If the US would offer India some kind of partnership, by funding special versions and producing them in India, with some ToT, it would be a great chance for our forces and industry.