South Korea approves construction of six new warships

Image: US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brandon Raile
ROKS Sejong the Great

The South Korean government, through the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, has approved the construction of six new warships under a US$6.3 billion programme.

Three Sejong the Great-class guided missile destroyers and three Chang Bogo-class diesel-electric submarines will be constructed under the procurement programme. The destroyers will be armed with the US-made Aegis combat system and SM-3 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) capable of intercepting and destroying ballistic missiles.

The vessels are expected to enter service with the South Korean Navy in the late 2020s.

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