First of its kind VC 11184- a missile tracking ocean surveillance ship; extoled India’s status to a country with sophisticated ocean surveillance ship after the US, Russia, China, and France. Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) will launch the ship off the coast of Visakhapatnam in the first week of October.
The VC 11184 is designed to strengthen the country’s defence, as a part of the country’s strategic weapons programme. It will also be the first ship to be a dedicated resource for Phase-II of India’s ballistic missile defence. Apparently, the government is planning to induct it into the Indian Navy.
As of now, the VC11184 is being built for the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO). This technical intelligence agency works directly with the Prime Minister’s Office and the National Security Advisor.
There isn’t a lot to say about the VC 11184 since it’s a ‘topmost secret project’ entailing strict confidentiality but the Hindu does report that the project has cost a total ₹7.5 billion ($100 million) so far.
Powered by two diesel engines, the VC11184 can carry a crew of 300 and has a large deck which can accommodate a helicopter landing. Basin trials were already successful a while ago. The ship’s also equipped with hi-tech gadgets and communication equipment.
The objectives of the VC11184 are two-fold. One, track missiles using the two sensors on-board, the X-Band AESA primary radar and S-Band AESA secondary radar. And, two, gather electronic intelligence.
Between those two tasks, the VC1184 will be the most advanced tracking and surveillance ship in India’s arsenal.