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S. Korea to launch new 3,000-ton submarine

All News 11:00 November 10, 2020

By Oh Seok-min

GEOJE, South Korea, Nov. 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea was set to launch a new 3,000-ton indigenous submarine featuring advanced combat and sonar systems Tuesday in an effort to boost underwater defense capabilities, the Navy said.

The ceremony for the mid-class diesel-powered submarine, named after a prominent Korean independent fighter, Ahn Mu, was to take place at the Okpo Shipyard of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. in the southeastern city of Geoje later in the day.

It is the second of three 3,000-ton-class submarines that South Korea plans to build by 2023 with its own technologies under a 3.09 trillion won (US$2.77 billion) project launched in 2007. The first submarine, the Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, was launched in 2018 and is expected to be put into operational deployment around the end of this year.

The 83.3-meter-long and 9.6-meter-wide submarine is capable of carrying 50 crewmembers and can operate underwater for 20 days without surfacing, officials of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said, adding that it will be equipped with six vertical launching tubes capable of firing submarine-based ballistic missiles.

It will be delivered to the Navy and deployed in 2022 after necessary tests, they added.

"As one of the Navy's key strategic assets, this system is expected to allow us to better respond to threats from all directions and boost the national defense capabilities," a Navy official said.

The naming carries significance, as this year marks the centennial of the historic Bongo-dong and Cheongsan-ri battles that took place in northeastern China in 1920, where Gen. Ahn led Korean independent fighters and defeated Japanese soldiers.

The general sustained gunshot wounds after an ambush attack by Japanese officers, and he was arrested in 1924. He died that year.

Currently, South Korea operates nine 1,200-ton submarines and nine 1,800-ton ones.

This photo, provided by the Navy, shows South Korea's new 3,000-ton indigenous submarine, Ahn Mu, featuring advanced combat and sonar systems. The Navy was to hold a launching ceremony for the mid-class diesel-powered submarine, named after a prominent Korean independence fighter, at the Okpo Shipyard of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. in the southeastern city of Geoje on Nov. 10, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
This photo, provided by the Navy, shows the 3,000-ton South Korean-made submarine Dosan Ahn Chang-ho. According to the Submarine Force Command, its submarines navigated 2.8 million miles without an accident over the past three decades, with its first Korean-made submarine, Jangbogo sailing 300,000 miles. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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