Korea's 1st Homegrown Ballistic-Missile Submarine Launched

  • By Yu Yong-weon

    September 17, 2018 12:59

    Korea last Friday launched its first homegrown attack submarine capable of firing ballistic missiles.

    The Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, a 3,000-ton mid-class diesel-electric attack submarine, was launched at Okpo Shipyard in Geoje, South Gyeongsang Province.

    The Navy's main submarines have been 1,200-ton Jangbogo-I and 1,800-ton Jangbogo-II-class subs.

    The Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, a 3,000-ton diesel-electric attack submarine, sits at Okpo Shipyard in Geoje, South Gyeongsang Province on Friday. /Yonhap

    The Dosan Ahn Chang-ho has six vertical launch tubes, a first for a South Korean sub, though the ballistic missiles it will carry are still in development. Once armed with them, the sub could prove a formidable deterrent to security threats from North Korea, China and Japan.

    The Dosan Ahn Chang-ho will be delivered to the Navy in December 2020 and deployed warfare-ready in January 2022.

    Submarine-launched ballistic missiles are hard to intercept as they are faster and more powerful than sub-to-ground cruise missiles.

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