In a big capability boost for the Indian Navy, the force is set to launch its maiden satellite and ballistic missile tracking ship INS Dhruv today (10 September), reports Hindustan Times.
With a displacement of 10,000-tonne, INS Dhruv comes as the latest addition to the Indian Navy’s fast-growing fleet and arsenal. It has been built by the Hindustan Shipyard in collaboration with the DRDO and NTRO.
The vessel will be commissioned in Visakhapatnam in the presence of senior officials from the Indian Navy, the DRDO, and the NTRO, among others.
The ship has a state-of-the-art active scanned array radar (AESA), developed by the DRDO, which will enable it to scan various spectrums and monitor spy satellites watching over India, as well as monitor missile tests in the entire region.
It should be noted that INS Dhruv is also capable of tracking nuclear missiles at a long-range, which assumes a special significance with an increasing threat of nuclear ballistic warfare in the Indo-Pacific region. It is also equipped with the capability to map ocean beds for research and detection of enemy submarines.