HHI receives a contract for Ulsan-class Batch III frigate
- March 16, 2020
Hyundai Heavy Industries has signed a $325 million contract with South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to design and build the first Ulsan-class Batch III frigate for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN).
The vessel is the first of six 3,500-tonne frigates planned for the batch. The ship — 129 meters long and 15 meters wide — will have a maximum speed of 30 knots.
According to Hyundai Heavy, the ship will be equipped with a four-sided fixed multi-function phased array radar capable of 360-degree omnidirectional detection, tracking and engagement, which will significantly enhance anti-air defense capability.
The ship will also adopt a hybrid propulsion system designed to avoid detection by submarines, and it can operate at high speeds using gas turbine in case of emergency, which will enhance its operational capabilities.