South Korea selects submarine weapons systems from Babcock for KSS-3 class

15 September 2017

South Korea has awarded a seven-year contract to produce and deliver weapons handling and launch equipment for the country’s third KSS-3-class diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) to Babcock.

This follows an earlier deal in which Babcock was contracted to supply a similar type of equipment set, known as the Weapon Handling Launch System (WHLS), for the first and second boats in the same class, said the company in a statement issued on 14 September.

The WHLS, currently in use on submarines with a number of other navies – including the Royal Navy’s Astute class and the Spanish Navy’s (Armada Española) Isaac Peral (S 80A) class – features an air turbine pump and a programmable firing valve launch system.

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