The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) of South Korea has delivered of the seventh Sohn Won-yil class (Type 214-class) submarine, Hong Beom Do to the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy during a ceremony at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in Ulsan, on Jan. 19.
The vessel is named after a respected independent fighter during Japan’s colonial rule in the early 1900s.
The delivery of the diesel-electric attack submarine is part of the Navy’s KSS-II acquisition program, which began in 2000, for the introduction of nine 1,800-ton Sohn Won-yil class (Type 214-class) submarines.
They are the largest submarines in operation for the ROK Navy. The last vessel of the class, Sin Dol Seok was launched on Sept. 7.
The vessels are 65 meters long and 6.3 meters wide and is capable of a maximum submerged speed of 20 knots. The submarines can dive up to a depth of 400 meters and last for two weeks under water with fuel cells.
They armed with South Korea’s indigenous 1,000-kilometer-range cruise missile. The vessels are equipped with ultra-modern sensors and an integrated Command and Weapon Control System and is optimally suited to its future reconnaissance and surveillance tasks.
The ROK Navy also plans to introduce new 3,000-ton submarines – KSS-III – in 2020.