Skip to comments.South Korea launches new submarine
Posted on 06/09/2006 8:39:51 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
1,800-Ton Class Submarine Launched
By Jung Sung-ki
The South Korean Navy Friday launched its first, 1,800-ton class, state-of-the-art submarine equipped with advanced missile systems, a Navy spokesman said.
Named after the countrys first Chief of Naval Operations, the late Adm. Sohn Won-il, the 214-Type submarine will play a key role in securing sea lanes for transporting energy supplies and other goods, as well as extending the Navys operation range, Commander Jung Sung-yup told The Korea Times.
``The launch of the 214-Type submarine will give our naval capability a great boost and help safeguard our maritime interests, Jung said, adding the Sohn Won-il submarines operation will have a combat radius reaching Guam.
Toward achieving a self-reliant defense posture, the Navy has sought a new ``strategic mobile fleet, comprising destroyers, submarines and anti-submarine aircraft, which can be rapidly deployed in a conflict situation.
South Korea currently has nine German-made Type 209 submarines (1,300 tons), all diesel and electric powered. North Korea has a fleet of 88 submarines, including 22 1,700-ton Romio class subs, according to recent government data.
Two more 214-Type submarines are under development at Hyundai Heavy Industries under technical cooperation with Germany, Jung said.
The 214-Type submarine, 65.3 meters long and 6.3 meters wide, is equipped with Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) that helps improve its underwater capability. It can submerge to a depth of up to 400 meters and carry out underwater operations for a maximum two weeks at a time.
The submarine, equipped with eight torpedo tubes and advanced submarine-to-surface missiles, has a maximum dive speed of 20 knots and a seating capacity of 40. It costs around $1 billion.
The Sohn Won-il submarine will be declared operational in the second half of next year after undergoing sea trials, according to the Navy.
A launching ceremony was held at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, some 320 kilometers southeast of Seoul. President Roh Moo-hyun, Chief of Naval Operations Gen. Nam Hae-il and other top military officials attended.
Adm. Sohn is known as the father of the Korean Navy. He was a key figure in the establishing the Navy in 1945, when he established Haesadae (maritime affairs unit).
During the 1950-53 Korean War, Sohn participated in the Inchon landings, a Korea-U.S. joint operation that led to the liberation of Seoul from communist North Korea.
After the war, he served as defense minister, and in 1957 was appointed ambassador to Germany. He died after a long illness in 1980, aged 72.
I hope we had one of our subs shadowing it and getting it's signature, etc.
You never know what the future will bring.
Where is the rest of the hull?
Is it possible to install nukes into a sub that wasn't designed to carry them? And if it is,how difficult is it?
In the pic,oopsy it's too small!!
The USN probably did that & besides the ROK is a frontline pal & they wouldn't probably mind US subs getting too close.But these boats are extremely difficult to detect once submerged & running on their batteries or AIP.....
Well if you are talking about N-tipped cruise missiles,it wouldn't be too difficult.Israel probably has such weapons on it's German built subs & most modern D/Es can launch Tomahawk like missiles from their 553 mm tubes with minimum modifications.The problem with that approach is that the cruise missiles will take up valuable (& already scarce) space for torpedoes & anti-ship missiles.The 'CKB-Rubin' bureau in Russia seems to be offering a pretty novel solution to this problem.They have offered a 8 cell VLS for supersonic cruise missiles on their modified 'Amur/Lada' class D/E subs proposed for the Indian navy.
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