S.Korea plans to build enhanced ballistic missile submarines

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Read: 663     11:59     10 August 2020    

The South Korean Ministry of National Defense said Monday that it plans to roll out a set of enhanced submarines in the coming five years that will be capable of carrying more ballistic missiles.


“We have in mind 3,600- and 4,000-ton submarines for development, much more advanced than the ones in operation now,” a senior ministry official said, referring to 3,000-ton Dosan Ahn Changho-class submarines, the first locally made attack submarines.

The official said the ministry was positive that the new submarines would be capable of carrying more ballistic missiles than the existing Dosan submarines, which have six launching tubes.

The official also left open the possibility that the new submarines could be powered by nuclear energy instead of diesel fuel.

“We will discuss that when the right time comes,” the senior official said when asked directly.

Nuclear-powered submarines are considered more powerful than diesel submarines because they can stay under water unnoticed much longer. They can also travel much faster.

But South Korea would have to consult the United States and revise a nuclear pact with Washington, under which Seoul committed to using only a limited level of enriched uranium for nonmilitary purposes only.

The ministry also said it would develop a variety of missiles that could go with its first locally developed fighter jets, the KF-X, which come out next year.

The KF-X project is the largest undertaking ever by the Korean military, with some $15 billion earmarked for it and with the end product set to be delivered to the Air Force in 2026.

The Korea Herald



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S.Korea plans to build enhanced ballistic missile submarines

2020/08/942ED14C-6D54-4E6D-B596-E2156C014D5B-1597044384.png
Read: 664     11:59     10 August 2020    

The South Korean Ministry of National Defense said Monday that it plans to roll out a set of enhanced submarines in the coming five years that will be capable of carrying more ballistic missiles.


“We have in mind 3,600- and 4,000-ton submarines for development, much more advanced than the ones in operation now,” a senior ministry official said, referring to 3,000-ton Dosan Ahn Changho-class submarines, the first locally made attack submarines.

The official said the ministry was positive that the new submarines would be capable of carrying more ballistic missiles than the existing Dosan submarines, which have six launching tubes.

The official also left open the possibility that the new submarines could be powered by nuclear energy instead of diesel fuel.

“We will discuss that when the right time comes,” the senior official said when asked directly.

Nuclear-powered submarines are considered more powerful than diesel submarines because they can stay under water unnoticed much longer. They can also travel much faster.

But South Korea would have to consult the United States and revise a nuclear pact with Washington, under which Seoul committed to using only a limited level of enriched uranium for nonmilitary purposes only.

The ministry also said it would develop a variety of missiles that could go with its first locally developed fighter jets, the KF-X, which come out next year.

The KF-X project is the largest undertaking ever by the Korean military, with some $15 billion earmarked for it and with the end product set to be delivered to the Air Force in 2026.

The Korea Herald



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