Hyundai Heavy Industries to build frigate pair for South Korean Navy

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The South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has awarded Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) a contract for the construction of two 2,800-tonne frigates.

The vessels will have a length of 122 metres, a width of 14 metres, and a maximum speed of 30 knots. Armament will include naval guns and guided missiles.

Each frigate will also have a hybrid electric propulsion system to help reduce noise during anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions.

Construction will begin in the second half of 2020. The first frigate is scheduled to be delivered in 2023.

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