India commissioned its Ocean Surveillance & Nuclear Missile Tracking Vessel called ‘INS Dhruv’ (codenamed as VC 11184), with this it became the 5th Country after USA, France, Russia & China to possess such a Tracking vessel. It was constructed at Hindustan Shipyard Ltd, Visakhapatnam under the Make in India initiative at an ~ cost of INR 725 Crore.
- It is one of the Largest Warships to be built at an Indian Yard.
- It was originally commissioned into the Indian Navy in a secret manner in October 2020.
- Joint Crew of National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Navy.
- It will also be operated by NTRO, DRDO and the Indian Navy.
- To monitor missile launches at long distances
- To monitor the telemetry data of Strategic missile launched by India during Trials
- Detecting the launch of missiles by adversary countries
- It will monitor the Indian Ocean bed
- It has a displacement of 15, 000 Tonnes.
- It will also help in increasing the effectiveness of the Indian Ballistic Missile Defence Programme
- Apart from tracking missiles & satellites, it can also gather electronic intelligence.
- The vessel will have a crew of 300 personnel & a single helicopter. It will also have a special team from NTRO on board.
National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO)
- It is a technical intelligence agency under the National Security Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office, India.
- It is responsible for Geospatial-Intelligence & Satellite Imagery
- It has the same ‘norms of conduct’ as the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW).
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About the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO):
Chief – Anil Dhasmana
Head Office – New Delhi
Established – 2004