S.Korea launches new 3,000-ton-class SLBM-capable submarine

Boo Suk-jong, chief of South Korea’s naval operations, and Lee Deok-nam, the daughter-in-law of Korean independence activist Shin Chae-ho, pose for a picture along with DAPA officials and others at the launch ceremony for the third KSS-III Batch 1 submarine, the 3,000-ton Shin Chae-ho, of the ROK Navy, held Tuesday at Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipyard in Ulsan. (Source: Republic of Korea Navy)
Boo Suk-jong, chief of South Korea’s naval operations, and Lee Deok-nam, the daughter-in-law of Korean independence activist Shin Chae-ho, pose for a picture along with DAPA officials and others at the launch ceremony for the third KSS-III Batch 1 submarine, the 3,000-ton Shin Chae-ho, of the ROK Navy, held Tuesday at Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipyard in Ulsan. (Source: Republic of Korea Navy)

The Shin Chae-ho, a 3,000-ton submarine developed with indigenous technology by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, was launched Tuesday (Sep.28) by the Republic of Korea Navy and Defense Acquisition Program Administration.

A launch ceremony for the new submarine, named after a prominent Korean independence activist, Shin Chae-ho, took place at the shipyard of Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. in the southeastern city of Ulsan.

The Shin Chae-ho is the third submarine in Batch 1 of the KSS-III (Dosan Ahn Changho-class), after the Dosan Ahn Changho and Ahn Mu. The Shin Chae-ho carries six launch tubes for submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) — the same as the Dosan Ahn Changho, which successfully launched an SLBM on Sept. 15. It is the third and the final of three Changbogo-III Batch-I submarines South Korea has been building with its own technologies under a 3.09 trillion won ($2.77 billion) project launched in 2007.

Officials said the first Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine was launched in 2018 and deployed last month, while the second, the Ahn Mu, was launched in November of last year and is slated to be given to the Navy sometime next year.

South Korea revealed its first domestic SLBM earlier this month, reporting a successful test launch from the Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine. The class’s submarines are said to have six vertical landing tubes capable of firing SLBMs, according to officials.

The 83.5-meter-long, 9.6-meter-wide submarine can carry 50 crew members. According to officials, it can operate underwater for 20 days without surfacing.

south korea's new 3,000-ton-class submarine, the shin chae-ho
South Korea’s new 3,000-ton-class submarine, the Shin Chae-ho

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