Construction begins on South Korean Navy’s first KDX-III destroyer

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) recently held a steel-cutting ceremony to mark the start of construction of the South Korean Navy’s first KDX-III guided missile destroyer.

Designed as an improved variant of the Sejong the Great-class destroyers, the three KDX-III ships will also be equipped with the Aegis combat system, ensuring enhanced air defence and missile defence capabilities.

Each ship will have a length of 170 metres, a beam of 21 metres, a displacement of 8,100 tonnes, and a maximum speed of 30 knots as well as anti-submarine warfare capability. Armament will include 127-millimetre naval guns, surface-to-air missiles, and torpedoes.

The first KDX-III destroyer is expected to be laid down in October 2021 and launched in the second half of 2022. Delivery is scheduled for November 2024.

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