S.Korea Approves $3.1B Project to Build New Frigates

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  • 04:29 AM, August 5, 2021
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S.Korea Approves $3.1B Project to Build New Frigates
A South Korean Ulsan-class frigate (Image for reference)

South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said a $3.1 billion (3.5 trillion won) project to build new frigates has been given the green light.

On Wednesday, the defense project promotion committee approved the Ulsan-class Batch IV project which DAPA says, will "enhance the military's maritime operational capabilities, as well as contribute to securing up-to-date technologies and creating jobs."

The total budget for the program, which will run from 2023-2032, is subject to review and confirmation following a feasibility study.

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. is currently developing the country's new 3,500-ton frigates under the FFX Ulsan-class Batch III project that began in 2016.

Additionally, the committee decided to change the lead developer for the upgrade of light torpedoes from the state-run Agency for Defense Development to a local company.

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