The South Korean Arms Protection Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) mentioned it has signed a 985.7 billion received (US$853 million) take care of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. to construct a brand new 3,600-ton-class submarine able to firing submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs). The DAPA signed the contract Thursday for the second unit of three Dosan Ahn Changho-class Batch-II class submarines that South Korea plans to construct by 2029. Building of the primary unit started simply final month. The deal comes a month after the Navy obtained the nation’s first 3,000-ton-class indigenous submarine, Dosan Ahn Chang-ho.

The Dosan Ahn Changho-class submarines are the ultimate section of the Korean Assault Submarine program, a three-phased program to construct 27 assault submarines for the Republic of Korea Navy between 1994 and 2029. On 25 April 2016 there was a South Korean Congressional Listening to session held instantly after North Korea’s SLBM launch, which raised some necessary questions in regards to the ROK Navy’s submarine capabilities to counter this menace. In response to questions whether or not the ROK Navy was presently creating capabilities to counter the SLBM menace. The lead vessel, Dosan Anh Changho, was launched in 2018. It started sea trials in 2019 and entered service on 13 August 2021.


Republic of Korea Navy ROKS Dosan Ahn Changho (Picture by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co.)

The KSS-III (also called Dosan Ahn Chang-ho)-class diesel-electric assault submarines (SSKs) class may have a submarine model of the Korean Vertical Launching System which is able to be capable of carry as much as ten indigenous “Chonryong” land-attack cruise missiles and “Hyunmoo” submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM), turning into the primary submarine within the South Korean navy to have this type of functionality. It is going to be designed with practically 80 % of its element components made regionally. These upgrades will give the Batch-II submarines higher capabilities at each attacking strategic land-based services and performing anti-submarine warfare.

The brand new submarine can also be anticipated to have 10 vertical launch tubes for SLBMs, With a displacement of three,600 tonnes and measuring 89 m in size, the ‘Batch II’ submarines shall be bigger than these from the earlier batch (3,358 tonnes and 83.5 m lengthy). The KSS-III Batch II may have the identical total beam (9.6) and high pace (20 kt), as these from the primary batch. Carrying 50 crewmembers aboard, the 89-meter-long and 9.6-meter-wide submarine shall be geared up with improved fight capabilities to raised detect and goal enemies and partially powered by Samsung SDI lithium-ion batteries.