Q. With reference to the INS Dhruv, consider the following statements:
1. It has been launched for civil research in the Antartica region.
2. It has the capability to map ocean beds for research.
3. It is a nuclear missile tracking ship which will be manned by Indian Navy personnel with the Strategic Forces Command (SFC).
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 and 2 only

[B] 2 and 3 only

[C] 1 and 3 only

[D] 1, 2 and 3

Answer: B
Notes:

Statement 1 is incorrect: It is not a civil vessel but a ship of Indian Navy meant for the purpose of Nuclear Missile defence. 

Statements 2 and 3 are correct 

Features of INS Dhruv 

  • Mapping: It has the capability to also map ocean beds for research and detection of enemy submarines. 
  • Enhanced surveillance capabilities: INS Dhruv is equipped with DRDO developed state-of-the-art active scanned array radar or AESA. It has the ability to scan various spectrums to monitor spy satellites watching over India, as well as monitor missile tests in the entire region. 
  • Surveillance: The ship will be a vital key to maritime domain awareness in the Indo-Pacific and is being commissioned at the time when the era of underwater armed and surveillance drones has dawned. 
  • Real time warning system: It will act as an early warning system for enemy missiles headed towards Indian cities and military establishments. 
  • Control: The nuclear missile tracking ship will be manned by Indian Navy personnel with the Strategic Forces Command (SFC). 

Source: HT