Hyundai Heavy Industries Launches KDX-III Aegis Class Destroyer Jeongjo The Great
South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) launched the lead ship of the primary Sejong the Nice-class destroyer (KDX-III) Batch II Jeongjo the Nice for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) on the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan. Based mostly on the present Sejong the Nice-class the brand new destroyers characteristic a number of enhancements together with improved fight methods. On 10 October 2019, HHI signed a deal to construct the primary of three 170m lengthy, KDX-III Batch II Aegis destroyers for the Republic of Korea Navy. Sejong the Nice-Class is KD-III batch-I, and Korean Navy is planning 3 ships of KDX-batch-II, and three ships of KDX-III-batch-III. Beneath the deal, HHI will ship the primary ship by November 2024.
The Sejong the Nice-class destroyers options the Aegis Fight System (Baseline 7 Part 1) mixed with AN/SPY-1D multi-function radar antennae. The Sejong the Nice class is the third section of the South Korean navy’s Korean Destroyer eXperimental (KDX) program, which is geared towards enhancing ROKN’s potential to efficiently defend the maritime areas round South Korea from numerous modes of threats in addition to changing into a blue-water navy. At 8,500 tons commonplace displacement and 11,000 tons full load, the KDX-III Sejong the Nice destroyers are by far the biggest destroyers within the South Korean Navy, and certainly are bigger than most destroyers within the navies of different international locations. King Jeongjo is 600 tons bigger than the King Sejong class (7,600 tons) destroyer.
The KDX-III Batch II will probably be fitted with SM-2 Block IIIB surface-to-air air defence missile. The medium-to-long-range surface-to-air missile is a part of the Commonplace missiles household, which additionally consists of the Commonplace Missile-6 (SM-6). The choice to obtain SM-6 has not been made but and can rely upon finances. The missile offers safety in opposition to anti-ship missiles and plane, in addition to threats flying near the water’s floor. The Jeongjo the Nice will characteristic a number of enhancements together with improved fight methods that may detect and monitor targets at better distances and anti-ballistic missile functionality with Raytheon’s SM-3 (RIM-161 Commonplace Missile 3) Block IB interceptors.
The Sejong the Nice-class destroyers are sometimes in comparison with the Arleigh Burke and Atago lessons as a result of they make the most of the AN/SPY-1 multi-function radar, have related propulsion and capabilities. One notable distinction between the Sejong the Nice-class ships and Arleigh Burkes is the variety of VLS cells.These destroyers have the potential to trace and monitor missiles launched from anyplace in North Korea. This functionality was demonstrated by the monitoring of a North Korean missile in April 2009. Lockheed Martin is in control of delivering the AN/SPY-1D(V) multi-function radar in addition to the AEGIS fight system for the KDX III Batch II ship. The Sejong the Nice-class destroyers will probably be able to performing “built-in air and missile protection” (IAMD) to complement U.S. Military ground-based missile interceptors on the peninsula, doubtless being outfitted with the SM-3.
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