Prelims cum Mains Security Issues

India’s first missile tracking ship is readying for sea trials

The News

  • India’s indigenously designed classified missile tracking and ocean surveillance ship (OSS) is all set to undergo sea trials.


Key Highlights

  • It will be India’s first ocean surveillance ship-VC11184, which will strengthen the country’s strategic weapons program.
  • The OSS will function under National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) to support ballistic missile defence (BMD) program of India.
  • India will become the fifth country to operate similar platforms after China, France, Russia, and the United States.


About VC11184

  • The OSS is powered by two 9,000 kW engines capable of attaining a speed of 21 knots.
  • It uses AESA radar (Active Electronically Scanned Array) in X-Band and S-Band frequencies.
  • The OSS is designed to track enemy missiles and monitor indigenous strategic missiles.
  • The top deck of the vessel has space for multiple missile tracking antennas and a helicopter.


About National Technical Research Organisation

  • It is the primary advisor on security issues to the Prime Minister.
  • It is the sole technical intelligence agency working under National Security Advisor.
  • NTRO’s activities include:
    • Satellite and terrestrial monitoring.
    • Gathering electronic intelligence, developing technologies related to cryptology, cybersecurity and data management.
    • Monitoring domestic strategic missile and under-development ballistic missile defence (BMD) programmes.


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