India’s first missile tracking ship is ready to hit high seas
VC 11184is India’s first missile trackingship, which will also be the first dedicated resource in Phase-II of India’s ballistic missile defence.
- The project has cost around ₹7.5 billion ($100 million) so far.
- With this ship, India will join the likes of the Russia and China, as one of the few countries will advanced ocean capabilities.
Set to go in the first week of October,
The VC 11184 is the first of its kind for the Indian Navy as a part of the country’s strategic weapons programme aimed at strengthening the country’s defences. It will also be the first ship to be a dedicated resource for Phase-II of India’s ballistic missile defence. The name may sound a little bland, but the ship will be renamed once it’s officially inducted into the Indian navy.
As of now, the VC11184 is being built for the
From port to starboard
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.
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