DSEI 2017

Submarine weapon handling contract for South Korea [DSEI17D4]

15 September 2017

Babcock (Stands S2-310, S2-330) has secured a seven-year contract to produce and deliver weapons handling and launch equipment for the South Korean Jangbogo III submarine programme.

The contract, which is due to run until 2024, was awarded by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) for a third Weapon Handling Launch System (WHLS) boat-set.

The announcement of the Jangbogo III work follows quickly on from Babcock’s recent contract with DSME for the design, production and delivery of the weapon handling and launch equipment for the first and second boats.

Under the new contract, procurement and manufacture will commence immediately, with the first hardware deliverable in March 2020.

The contract will be delivered by a global supply chain with suppliers in the UK, Spain and South Korea.

The WHLS features an air turbine pump and programmable firing valve launch system and is based on the principles used in the WHLS being supplied by Babcock for other navies, including the UK Royal Navy Astute class and Spanish S-80 class submarines.

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