Seoul plans to build stronger submarines capable of carrying more ballistic missiles
WARSAW, (BM) – South Korean Defense Minister announced on August 10 that it intends to introduce modernized Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarines capable of carrying more ballistic missiles in the next five years, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Defence24. This is to be a response to the growing threat from North Korea, as well as plans to purchase more Israeli Iron Dome anti-aircraft systems.
The information from the South Korean defense minister means that the country intends to continue developing its deterrence system, mainly based on the navy.
Thanks to properly implemented technologies obtained with previously purchased submarines, the Koreans have already managed to build their first own submarine of the Dosan Ahn Chang-ho (KSS-III) type, armed with vertical launch launchers for maneuvering and ballistic missiles.
The first unit of this type has already been launched and is scheduled to enter service later this year. It is included in the first series (Batch 1), each of which has a submersible displacement of about 3,700 tons, 83.5 m long and 9.6 m wide. “Chonryong” maneuvering missiles and “Hyunmoo” ballistic missiles.
According to the promises of the Minister of Defense, within the next five years, a second series unit (Batch 2) is to be created, which will have greater displacement, will be longer and armed: not with six, but ten vertical launch launchers. An additional innovation will be the use of the latest Samsung SDI lithium-ion batteries, which will more than double the time of immersion.
It is an open matter to introduce nuclear propulsion. Unlike classic American, Russian and French boomers, South Korean ballistic missile carriers are classified as diesel-electric units. According to the official message, this issue will be discussed “in due course”. However, the introduction of nuclear submarines would be a huge prestigious success, because only six countries on Earth have such units.
This would be the second approach to this problem, as South Korea planned to build its first nuclear submarine as early as 2003. The border situation and pressure from the protesting United States-backed International Atomic Energy Agency, forced the authorities to Seoul to stop the entire program in 2010. South Korea realizes that starting work on nuclear submarines would not appeal to Americans, who could block access to the necessary technology for such an endeavor.
Therefore, it is assumed that the reinforced South Korean boomerri will simply be a development of the Batch 1 version of the Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarines. It is all the more likely that the production lines for the construction of these units have been implemented both at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in Okpo near Busan (where the first two ships in the series are built) and at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard ( where the construction of the third KSS-III ship “Yi Dongnyeong” began on June 30, 2017).
All the submarines built there have, apart from the classic diesel and electric drive, also an air-independent drive based on fuel cells. If lithium-ion batteries are introduced, according to Koreans, these units will be able to remain submerged for up to 50 days – when moving underwater from a speed of 5 knots.
Seoul decided to develop its own air defense system similar to the Iron Dome
An ambitious plan to develop its own air defense system has been launched in South Korea and is expected to be implemented within the next five years, BulgarianMilitary.com reported on August 10.
The Minister of Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo announced today that his country aims to create a complex that will have two main goals – protection of the territorial integrity and infrastructure of the country and independence in the field of air defense.
A report by BulgarianMilitary.com shows that Seoul currently has the American M270 missile system with multiple launches, the Korean K239 Chunmoo and also the Korean but obsolete K136 Kooryong.
In the field of more serious air defense, Seoul uses Cheongung or M-SAM. It is also its own medium-range missile system and developed on the basis of the Russian S-350 and S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems.
According to the Minister of Defense, Seoul wants the future missile system to be similar to the Israeli Iron Dome. We remind you that the Israeli Iron Dome is one of the best in the world, and only a few days ago, the United States and Israel agreed to jointly develop a more optimal and efficient Israeli system.
According to Jeong Kyeong-doo, his country will invest approximately $ 253 billion in various areas of defense over the next five years, including the development of a new air defense system.
We remind you that South Korea is currently developing its version of a fifth-generation fighter, and work on this aircraft has advanced. Just a few days ago, Seoul unveiled a version of the future radar that will be used by KF-X – the name of the fighter, and the program for its implementation is worth $ 8.8 billion.
“When we talk about South Korea’s missile defense system, it usually refers to one targeting North Korea’s Scud-type or stronger missiles, whereas this new interceptor system will focus on protecting the capital area against the North’s long-range artillery such as its 240- mm or 300-mm multiple rocket launchers,” a ministry official said.
According to a number of military experts, as well as sources from the South Korean Ministry of Defense, the new air defense systems are likely to be put into service at the end of this decade, or early next.
Jeong Kyeong-doo also said that South Korea will not limit itself to the production of its own air defense system, but will continue in this direction and funds will be invested in the development of various types of missiles – air-to-ground and air-to-ship.
“The ministry will continue to cooperate with the monetary authorities to successfully push for the 2021-2025 defense plan,” it said in a release.
Currently, there is only one THAAD air defense system located in South Korea, which was deployed in May 2017. The presence of THAAD on the territory of South Korea was at the root of the conflict with China, which sharply expressed their disagreement, fearing that in the event of military action, this system could affect Chinese territories.
However, the two sides managed to normalize relations at the end of the same year.
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