The South Korean Protection Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) launched the third and fourth Solgae-class high-speed touchdown craft (LSF-II) at Hanjin Heavy Industries & Building in Busan. The Solgae-class LCAC due to the title of lead ship, is an air-cushioned touchdown craft (LCAC) designed for the Republic of Korea Navy, by Hanjin Heavy Industries, to function from ROKS Dokdo and future Dokdo-class amphibious assault ships. This mission throughout improvement that often called the LSF-II or Touchdown Ship Quick – II. The New Solgae-class LCAC launched on this present day will undergo a trial run analysis interval, full the electrification course of in early 2023.

The Solgae-class high-speed touchdown craft (LSF-II) can carry a most load of 55 tons, land on hostile seashores doing 40 knots and it will probably climb at as much as 6 levels. The engine will be operated at a mean pace of 40 knots (about 74 km per hour) utilizing a fuel turbine. The high-speed touchdown craft has the benefit of having the ability to manoeuvre at excessive pace not solely at sea but in addition in low-water depths or tidal flats, because it strikes within the air-floating technique by blowing buoyancy air into the skirt (air bag) to maintain the ship afloat. Air cushion gives larger pace and adaptability over conventional touchdown craft.


Republic of Korea Navy Solgae Air-cushioned Touchdown Craft

An air-cushioned touchdown craft, additionally known as an LCAC (touchdown craft, air cushioned), is a contemporary variation on the amphibious touchdown boat. Nearly all of these craft are small- to mid-sized multi-purpose hovercraft, often known as “over the seaside” (“OTB”) craft. This permits troops and materials to entry greater than 70 % of the world’s shoreline, whereas solely roughly 15 % of that shoreline is accessible to traditional boat-type touchdown craft. Typical obstacles to traditional touchdown craft are tender sandy seashores, marshes, swampland, and free surfaces.

The launch of the high-speed amphibious craft may be very significant in that it helps the amphibious forces make a protected touchdown and provides a robust amphibious pressure that allows division-level high-speed amphibious operations. The high-speed touchdown craft is about 28 meters lengthy, 14.5 meters vast, about 8 meters excessive, and has a light-weight tonnage of about 100 tons, and is armed with a 12.7 mm machine gun. The crew cockpit carry three crew and a landing-force commander. The LCAC may also carry, along with troops, a foremost battle tank or two amphibious assault autos. It has been supplied for export to international navies.