The Indian Navy is planning to take delivery of its new missile-range instrumentation ship, dubbed Ocean Surveillance Ship (OSS), in 2018.
The vessel is currently being outfitted at Indian Ministry of Defence (MOD) owned Hindustan Shipyard in Visakhapatnam. The ship will be delivered to the Navy in a few months after completing the builder’s trails.
The project was cloaked in secrecy from its beginning and is directly monitored from the Indian Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
According to a report in Livefistdefence, the vessel known as OSS or VC 11184 (yard designation), will be India’s most advanced electronics and tracking/surveillance vessel — a missile range instrumentation ship.
The ship will be operated by Indian Navy and National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), India’s technical intelligence agency, and will be used to carry acoustic equipment, underwater listening devices and other extensive suites of navigation, communications, command and control (C2) equipment.
The ship is expected to be part of India’s Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) program tracking long-range ballistic missiles.
The vessel reportedly has an overall length of 175 m, a beam of 22 m, a draft of 6 m and displacement of over 10,000 tonnes. It will be powered by two 9000 kW main engines. The ship will be capable of having a maximum speed of 21 knots.
The ship will also have a helicopter flight deck and hanger facilities. She will have a crew complement of 300.
Only four other countries — the US, Russia, China and France — operate similar vessels.