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INDIA’S FIRST MISSILE TRACKING SHIP

UPSC PERSPECTIVE
Above topic is important for UPSC CSE for General Studies Mains Paper 3 under the topic Various Security forces and Agencies and their mandate.
MainsPaper 3: Science & Technology Indigenization of technology & developing new technology.

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UPSC PRELIMS 2016-QUESTION
Which one of the following is the best description of “INS Astradharini” that was in the news recently?
1.Amphibious warfare ship
2.Nuclear-powered submarine
3.Torpedo launch and recovery vessel
4.Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier
ANSWER
3.Torpedo launch and recovery vessel

Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) is gearing up to undertake sea trials of India’s first missile tracking ship by the first week of next month.

It is being built under a Confidential programme 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.

National Technical Research Organisation
It was set up in 2004
Have same norms of conduct as the Intelligence Bureau(IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing(R&AW)

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
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.

It has the capacity to carry 300 personnel and will carry a single helicopter.

TRACKING SHIP
Used worldwide to increase the range of a missile.

DUAL PURPOSE FOR INDIA
From tracking enemy missiles to accurately giving data on tests that are routinely carried out of indigenous strategic missiles.
The VClll84 is one of the largest warships to be built at an Indian yard, Weighing in at over 15000 tonnes.

NOTES :
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, a training centre for Marine Commandos and headquarters of the submarine arm.

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