South Korea launches its first missile-capable submarine
- September 16, 2018
South Korea launched its first of nine 3,000-ton missile-capable attack submarine at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) Okpo Shipyard, on September 14.
Dosan Ahn Chang-ho (KSS-III), the newbuilding is the first mid-class submarine designed and built independently in Korea.
The submarine comes with a length of 83.3 meters and is powered by a diesel-electric propulsion system. The vessel also has a maximum speed of 37 kilometers per hour.
KSS-III subs will all be equipped with air-independent propulsion powered by lithium-ion battery technology developed and built by the Hanwha Group. In addition, the boats will also be fitted with the Korean Vertical Launch System for firing land-attack and anti-ship missiles.