South Korea builds a destroyer analogous to USS Arleigh Burke

SEOUL, ($1=1,178.70 South Korean Wons) – The construction of three destroyers capable of shooting down missiles from North Korea and China will cost South Korea’s budget more than 3 billion dollars, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Defense Express.

South Korea builds a destroyer analogous to USS Arleigh Burke
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South Korean shipbuilding company Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has been awarded a contract to build a second destroyer for the KDX III Batch II project, an analog of the American Arleigh Burke destroyer. The stated value of the contract is 535 million dollars, writes the portal Naval News.

This ship should be equipped with the Aegis fire control system, its commissioning by the South Korean Navy should take place by 2028.

In general, South Korea is conducting a program to build three destroyers of the KDX III Batch II project, which are analogous to the American Arleigh Burke. The declared cost of the program is 3.3 billion dollars, the planned term of construction and commissioning of all three ships is until 2028.

The South Korean destroyers of the KDX III Batch II project will perform two functions, the main one being to shoot down missiles from China or North Korea in the event of a “big war”, and the “side” destroyer to destroy enemy submarines.

According to the project, the KDX-III Batch-II destroyers will have a total of 88 vertical cells for launching SM-2 Block IIIB anti-aircraft missiles with a range of up to 240 kilometers, or anti-aircraft missiles with a range of up to 460 kilometers, SSM-700K Haeseong cruise missiles or torpedo rocket Hong Kang Eo.

Parameters of ships according to the KDX-III Batch-II project:

  • total displacement – 10 thousand tons;
  • body length – 170 meters;
  • width of the case – 21 meters;
  • maximum speed – 30 knots;
  • crew – 300 sailors.

Seoul’s new anti-ship missile is probably Russian technology

As we reported in September this year, South Korea has tested its first supersonic cruise missile, which can develop a speed of up to Mach 2-3. Seoul prepares to defend itself not only from its “northern” neighbor but also – against aircraft carriers of the Chinese Navy.

The development of this anti-ship missile was completed at the end of 2020 and this missile at least visually resembles the Russian anti-ship missile P-800 Onyx, which has the export designation “Yakhont”, writes the portal Naval News.

What is the designation of this latest South Korean anti-ship missile – is still unknown, but this was its debut.

So far, there is only an assumption by experts that the South Korean anti-ship missile has a hull length of 6.6 meters and a weight of 1.5 tons, including the warhead – 250 kilograms. The range of shooting can be from 300 to 600 kilometers at speeds up to 3 Mach.

At the same time, according to the authors of Naval News, if the assumptions of experts are correct, then South Korea, thanks to its latest missile, has gained a significant advantage over North Korea, which has only subsonic missiles.

But at the same time, South Korea has also received an “aircraft carrier killer” missile that will be able to effectively repel possible AUG attacks by the Chinese Communist Navy. In general, it is assumed that this missile will be used by coastal launch vehicles, and also – as a weapon of promising South Korean destroyers KDX -3.

The authors of Naval News write that rumors are circulating in the South Korean media that Seoul has “imported” technology from Russia to develop its latest anti-ship missile, and therefore resembles the Yakhont missile.

However, we can assume that South Korea has copied the Indian anti-ship missile BrahMos, which is also based on the project of the Russian RCC P-800 “Onyx”. The nuance here is not only which missile South Korea has used as a prototype for its latest missile, but rather – which country has become a technology supplier to Seoul.

It is known that in March 2021, India signed a contract with the Philippine government for the first export supply of BrahMos missiles, the details of which were not disclosed. It is, therefore, logical to assume that India could sell at least some of the technology needed to produce the Yahont anti-ship missile. Especially since India, the Philippines and South Korea have one common enemy – China.

In turn, China has its copy of the Russian anti-ship missile P-800 “Onyx” -Chaoxun-1 (CX-1). China began mass production in 2014, and such a missile is used by coastal launch vehicles.

And for this Chinese Chaoxun-1 missile [CX-1] in the Western media, there are also speculations that it was developed due to the import of technology from Russia.

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