South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has been awarded a KRW631.5 billion (USD558 million) contract for the construction of two more Daegu (FFX-II)-class guided-missile frigates for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN), the company announced on 14 November.
The 122 m-long frigates, which are now the fifth and sixth of the class on order for the service, are expected to be delivered to the RoKN by 2022, according to DSME.
The announcement comes after first-of-class Daegu (with pennant number 818) was handed over to the navy on 1 February in a ceremony held at the company's Okpo shipyard on Geoje Island. Daegu is one of up to eight vessels of the class expected to enter service with the RoKN.
The FFX-II class is a larger variant of South Korea's six Incheon (FFX-I)-class ships, the first of which entered service in 2013.
According to specifications provided by DSME, the FFX-II class has an overall beam of 14 m, a standard displacement of 2,800 tonnes, and a full-load displacement of 3,650 tonnes. The platform is powered by one Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine engine and two Leonardo DRS permanent magnet motors powered by MTU 12V 4000 diesel-generator sets in a combined diesel-electric or gas (CODLOG) configuration. The ship can attain a maximum speed of 30 kt.
The FFX-II class is armed with one 127 mm MK 45 MOD 4 naval gun and one Raytheon six-barrelled 20 mm Phalanx close-in weapon system mounted on the top of the aft superstructure.
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