According to news in the media, India’s secretive missile tracking / ‘specialized’ ocean surveillance ship ‘VC11184’ (yet to be commissioned) is undergoing harbour trials and is likely to be delivered to the Navy by December. The ship, part of the elaborate missile shield being planned against attacks, being built for the National Technical Research Organization (NTRO), was ordered as part of the Modi government’s focus on creating a nuclear missile shield.
Sea trials are to follow by a joint team of the Navy and NTRO in which its specialized surveillance systems (three dome shaped antennas packed with sensors), will be extensively tested. The VC11184, one of the largest indigenous warships at over 15,000 tons, built under the Make in India initiative and costing 725 crore, generates over 14 MW of power to operate the tracking radars.
It will have multiple roles; from tracking enemy missiles to accurately giving data on tests routinely carried out of indigenous vessels for strategic missiles. High secrecy is being maintained on details, including capabilities and systems on board. Rear Admiral LV Sarath Babu, CMD, Hindustan Shipyard Limited says, “It is a very complex vessel and we have set a new standard for building vessels of such class on time”.