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(LEAD) S. Korea to develop homegrown lightweight torpedoes by 2028

Defense 18:16 November 01, 2021

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SEOUL, Nov. 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korea approved a plan Monday to develop homegrown lightweight torpedoes by 2028 to enhance the Navy's anti-submarine capabilities, the state arms procurement agency said.

Presided over by Defense Minister Suh Wook, the Defense Project Promotion Committee endorsed the project worth 160 billion won (US$135 million), the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said.

The move came after North Korea test-fired a new submarine-launched ballistic missile last month, in a development that underscored the need for the South to reinforce its underwater defense capabilities.

The committee also approved a project worth 470 billion won to supply GPS-guided bombs for Air Force operations by 2027. Following the approval, related contracts with foreign firms will take effect this year, DAPA officials said.

The project for the guided bomb package involves separate contracts with four foreign firms.

South Korea tapped U.S.-based ENF as the supplier for the penetration bomb, which is capable of breaking into concrete bunkers. The fragmentation warhead will be supplied by Israel-based Elbit Systems Ltd.

Fuzes will be purchased from Orion Advanced Systems Ltd., according to the administration. The guidance kit will be purchased through a government-to-government foreign military sale (FMS) program with the United States.

colin@yna.co.kr
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