September 13, 2021 11:36
Korea is building another new 3,600-ton submarine with 10 ballistic missile launch tubes.
The Defense Acquisition Program Administration has signed a W985.7 billion contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering to build the second U-boat in the KSS-III Batch-II series, according to a spokesman last Friday (US$1=W1,167).
Construction of the first in the series started last month.
The Batch-II series of diesel-powered 3,600-ton submarines are 89 m long and 9.6 m wide. They are heavier and about 5.5 m longer than the 3,000-ton Dosan Ahn Chang-ho from the Batch-I series that was delivered to the Navy recently and have four more missile tubes.
The new sub will be equipped with lithium instead of lead acid batteries, which means it can stay submerged longer, and will have combat and sonar systems with improved target detection and processing functions, as well as a wide variety of weapons such as sea mines, torpedoes and guided missiles.
Since about 80 percent of components are domestically manufactured, it will be much easier to obtain spare parts than for previous models.
The new sub will be completed in 2026 and delivered to the Navy in 2028.
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