South Korea will start the construction of the third 3,000-ton submarine for the Navy. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration said Friday a steel-cutting ceremony for the third submarine in the Jangbogo-III project will be held at the shipyard of Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, some 414 kilometers southeast of Seoul, later in the day, Yonhap reported.
Under the 10 trillion-won ($8.7 billion) Jangbogo-III project, South Korea plans to build nine 3,000-ton submarines in three batches with its own technology.
Two submarines are already under construction by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, another local shipbuilder.
The first batch of three submarines will be commissioned between 2020 and 2024, equipped with sonar and advanced combat systems, possibly including ballistic missile launchers, Yonhap reported quoting an unnamed source as saying.
South Korea may consider seeking nuclear-powered subs for the upgraded second and third batches, as it strives to beef up its defense capability against North Korea.
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An advanced diesel-powered submarine that can track 300 undersea targets simultaneously was handed over to the South Korean Navy today. Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co at its facility in Geoje Island near the country's southeastern port city of Busan, the submarine can remain underwater for 10 days
Two US B-1B bombers along with F-16 fighter jets accompanied South Korean F-15 fighters in an exercise on Friday that included practicing attack capabilities in a show of strength to North days after the regime claimed successful Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) tests. "US bombers and Republic of Korea fighters are just two of many lethal military options at our disposal," Lieutenant General Thomas Bergeson, US Forces Korea deputy commander, said
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