VC11184 ocean surveillance ship: India’s first missile tracking ship A Topmost secret project #Hindustan360

VC11184 ocean surveillance ship: India’s first missile tracking ship A Topmost secret project #Hindustan360

VC11184 is the designation of a missile tracking ocean surveillance ship being constructed by Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) for Indian Navy. View more at #Hindustan360.

The purpose of the ship is to support the development of India’s strategic weapons and the Indian Ballistic Missile Defence Programme. In addition, it can also gather electronic intelligence. The keel of the ship was laid on 30 June 2014 at Hindustan Shipyard Limited.

Once ready, it will be India’s first, a force multiplier and cruise the country into a global elite club. Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) is gearing up to undertake sea trials of India’s first missile tracking ship by the first week of October.

The keel of the ship, which was laid on June 30, 2014, is being built for the National Technical Research Organisation, the technical intelligence agency working directly under the supervision of the Prime Minister’s Office and the National Security Adviser.

Considered a “topmost secret project”, a lot of confidentiality is being maintained in executing the project costing about ₹750 crore. It will be named after its induction into the Indian Navy. For now, it is simply referred as VC 11184.

Strategic weapons prog

This will be the first of its kind ocean surveillance ship being built as part of the efforts under the NDA government to strengthen the country’s strategic weapons programme.

When asked about the commencement of sea trials, HSL Chairman and Managing Director Rear Admiral L.V. Sarat Babu told The Hindu that the sea trials would be carried out either by September-end or the first week of October and they were confident of handing over the vessel to the Indian Navy by the year-end. “This would put India in the elite of club of a few countries that have such a sophisticated ocean surveillance ship,” the Rear Admiral pointed out.

300-strong crew

The ship was built inside the covered dry dock. It has the capacity to carry 300-strong crew with hi-tech gadgets and communication equipment, powered by two diesel engines, and a large deck capable of helicopter landing.

HSL, set up in 1941, achieved a total income of ₹651.67 crore and a value of production of ₹644.78 crore during 2017-18, the highest since inception. It is poised to get orders for construction of five fleet support ships costing ₹9,000 crore and finalise request for proposal for design collaborator for construction of two Special Operation Vessels called mini submarines. It is also banking on the order for medium refit of Russia-made third Sindhughosh class submarine INS Sindhuratna for which it has submitted technical bids.

Visakhapatnam is considered a strategic location on the East Coast for the Indian defence forces as it is home for Ship Building Centre to build nuclear powered submarine INS Arihant class, Naval Alternate Operational Base at Rambilli, the second naval base after Eastern Naval Command headquarters, training centre for Marine Commandos and headquarters of the submarine arm.

Design and description

The ship cost around Rs 15 billion (USD231.29 million) and has been designed in India by Vik Sandvik Design India (VSDI). It has a displacement of more than 10,000 tonnes, length of 175 m, beam of 22 m, depth of 6 m and can attain a speed of 21 kn. It is powered by two imported 9,000 kW combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) configuration engines and three 1200 kW auxiliary generators.

The ship will be fitted with a primary X band and a secondary S band active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. In addition, it has a long open deck with ample space for installing multiple missile tracking antennas. It will have a crew complement of 300 personnel and will carry a single helicopter. The ship will also have a special team from National Technical Research Organisation on board.

Development

The purpose of the ship is to support the development of India’s strategic weapons and the Indian Ballistic Missile Defence Programme. In addition, it can also gather electronic intelligence. The keel of the ship was laid on 30 June 2014 at Hindustan Shipyard Limited. It is being built under a confidential programme which is directly under the control of the Prime Minister’s Office and the National Security Advisor.

This is similar to the Advanced Technology Vessel (ATV) programme of the Indian Navy. The ship started harbour trials in July 2018 and is expected to undergo sea trials by the end of 2018.

Wikipedia: VC11184 Ocean Surveillance Ship

 

History
India
Name: VC11184
Builder: Hindustan Shipyard Limited
Laid down: 30 June 2014
Commissioned: 2018 (Expected)
Status: Under construction
General characteristics
Type: Ocean Surveillance Ship
Displacement: 10,000 t (9,800 long tons; 11,000 short tons)
Length: 175 m (574 ft)
Beam: 22 m (72 ft)
Draught: 6 m (20 ft)
Propulsion:
  • 2 × diesel engines in CODAD, 9,000 kW (12,000 hp) each
  • 3 × auxiliary generators 1,200 kW (1,600 hp) each
Speed: 21 kn (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Complement: 300
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • X-Band AESA Radar
  • S-Band AESA Radar
Aircraft carried: 1 × helicopter

 

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