South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced on 10 October that it has been awarded a KRW676.6 billion (USD573.5 million) contract for the “detailed design” and construction of the first of a second batch of three Sejong Daewang (KDX-III)-class guided-missile destroyers for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN).
The next-generation Aegis-equipped destroyer, which is set to be built at HHI’s facilities in Ulsan and be delivered to the navy by November 2024, will be 170 m long (4 m longer that the three KDX-III ships of the first batch), 21 m wide, and weigh 8,100 tons.
HHI said that this improved variant of the KDX-III (also KDX-3) class is expected to be capable of operating at speeds of up to 30 kt, feature a ballistic missile defence capability, and be equipped with improved anti-submarine warfare technology, such as a more powerful sonar to detect and track submarines at longer ranges.
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