A naval vessel with a mystery name VC 11184 has been built at Hindustan Shipyard Ltd. at a cost of 725 crore. It was started as a classified project which began four years ago.
As like before, Navy and HSL has maintained a complete secrecy about the construction of the instrumentation ship. It will be India’s most advanced and largest ocean surveillance vessel that will be able to track ballistic missiles.
The news was reported in TOI, and was quoted that HSL and Navy source told that the project is in trial phase and the warship will be handed over to the Navy in a few months. The vessel will have a special team on board from the National Technical Research Organization which will directly report to NSA’s office.
As per the report in Times of India, a highly placed source in HSL said, “We bagged the prestigious project three years ago and began construction at our ship-building yard. The ship is almost ready and once the trials get over, it will be officially handed to the Navy in 2018. Secrecy has been maintained on the project which is being monitored by PMO .”
The vessel is known by its mysterious yard designation at Vishakhapatnam VC 11184, will be deployed for supporting India’s strategic weapons programme.
The warship is taken to be 175m in length and displacement of 10,000 tonnes.