January 25, 2010 08:53
Korean-made high-speed ships will ply the Caspian Sea when they are exported to Kazakhstan. Late last year, Kazakh Navy Commander Zhandarbek Zhanzakov officially asked Seoul to export the vessels, a government official said Sunday.
Seoul will arrange the official signing of the deal during Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev's visit to Korea at the end of April. The sale will net Korea some US$100 million.
Azerbaijan, another country along the Caspian Sea, also wants to buy one of the gunships. Senior officials said specific negotiations have yet to begin but the government is minded to agree.
The Yun Young Ha class of high-speed gunboats is the successor to the Chamsuri class that was involved in three clashes with North Korean Navy boats. Armed with 76 mm guns and ship-to-ship missiles among other armaments, the class has not only proven itself in battle but also as a combat patrol boat.
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