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In 2020, without much fanfare, the Indian Navy along with National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) launched a research vessel and missile range instrumentation ship built by Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) called INS Dhruv. It was the first ship of its kind but won’t be the last of its kind, as the Indian Navy plans to expand its fleet of spy ships that can detect incoming hostile missiles. has been told that at least one more sister class of the ship has been proposed and might be cleared for induction sometime in near future. The idea is also to develop more sophisticated surveillance systems that can be mounted on bigger vessels to act as a force multiplier and provide a 360-degree view of the Indo-Pacific and the strategically important Indian Ocean region (IOR).

Missile tracking ships are used to scan various spectrums to monitor spy satellites and monitor missile tests in the region and can also be used to scan ocean beds for research and to hunt for minerals. Missile tracking ships also help in generating ocean floor data for submarine operations in the region.

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