South Korea today unveiled its eighth submarine in an effort to reinforce its maritime combat capability in the face of North Korea’s growing threat.
Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME), an 1800-ton Lee Beom-seok submarine is scheduled to be deployed in late 2018 after a test and review process, Yonhap reports.
Lee Beom-seok submarine is the eighth KSS 2-class submarine, ordered by the Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) in early 2000s, DSME spokesman Yoon Yo-han said.
The KSS-II submarine, 65 meters (213-foot) long and 6.3 meters wide, has a crew of 40 and a maximum underwater speed of 20 knots (37 km/hour), according to the Navy. It is capable of striking aircraft and submarines, planting mines in enemy-controlled waters. It also carries long-range cruise missiles that could hit the enemy's core facilities.
Hyundai Heavy has built five out of six vessels under the contract and Daewoo Shipbuilding has delivered all of three ships, he said.
South Korea plans to deploy "jamming proof" Taurus air-to-ground guided missiles that can be carried on its F-15K fighters in a bid to boost its strike capabilities by the end of this year to counter military threats from North Korea. "Taurus missiles combined with GPS receivers and the flight termination system, or FTS, will be deployed in two to three months with the Air Force," an official from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) was quoted as saying by
South Korea, the United States and Japan will carry out their first-ever joint missile defense exercise in Hawaii, Wednesday, to deal more effectively with North Korea's growing nuclear and ballistic missile threats, the Souths Ministry of National Defense said Tuesday. The trilateral missile defense exercise will take place on the side-lines of the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, or RIMPAC, the world's largest U
North Korea has deployed an intermediate-range ballistic missile to its east coast, a South Korean government source told Yonhap news agency. South Korean and Japanese military officials are monitoring the situation, though there have been no signs of a launch detected
The South Korean military is developing submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) likely to be launched from the Jangbogo-III attack submarine currently under production. “On the 3,000-ton Jangbogo-III submarine, which is currently under production, we are installing a vertical launching pad,” a high-ranking official told
South Koreas military is seeking to deploy 100 additional units of the locally built K2 Black Panther tanks to strengthen frontline defense against North Korea. "The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) submitted the request citing the need for 100 or so more K2 tanks in October and the Ministry of National Defense is carrying out a verification of the demand," the military official told Yonhap
North Koreas second attempt to launch an intermediate-range ballistic missile early Thursday has reportedly failed, South Korean military officials said. The missile may be the same Musudan model that North Korea tried to launch on April 15, military sources told Yonhap
South Korean Navy is planning to conduct an exercise, involving 10 warships, including 7,600-ton Aegis-equipped Sejong the Great destroyer, P-3 maritime patrol aircraft and fighter jets. The exercise that runs from Friday till Tuesday is aimed at countering possible missile attacks from North Korean submarines in East Sea,
The Republic of Korea Navy on Wednesday took delivery of 2,300 ton frigate, named Gwangju, the sixth and last ship in the first batch of the Navy's newest Incheon-class frigates. The frigate is expected to be deployed on patrols starting March next year after undergoing five months of operational sea trials, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said, Yonhap reports
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