South Korea has launched a new 1,800-ton diesel-electric attack submarine, Sin Dol Seok during a ceremony at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan on Thursday.
According to Adm. Um Hyun-seong, the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy Chief of Staff, the submarine is “a national strategic dagger capable of precisely striking not only the enemy’s ships and submarines but also ground targets deep inland.”
The launch of the submarine wrapped up 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 Sin Dol Seok is named after a famous Korean admiral who led the country’s fight against Japanese aggression in the late 1890s and early 1900s.
The vessel is 65 meters long and 6.3 meters wide and is capable of a maximum submerged speed of 20 knots. The submarine can dive up to a depth of 400 meters and last for two weeks under water with fuel cells.
The submarine is armed with South Korea’s indigenous 1,000-kilometer-range cruise missile.
They 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 plans to commission the vessel to its fleet in 2019 after a series of scheduled tests.It will increase the number of the Navy’s submarines to 18.
The Navy also plans to introduce new 3,000-ton submarines in 2020.