South Korean government approves construction of additional KSS-3 submarine

ROKS Dosan Ahn Changho, the South Korean Navy's first KSS-3 ballistic missile submarine, during its commissioning ceremony on August 13, 2021 (Photo: DSME)

South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reports that the country’s government, through the Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), has awarded local shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) a contract for the construction of a new KSS-3 diesel-electric submarine.

At 89 metres long, the new submarine will be 5.5 metres longer than the earlier boats in the KSS-3 series, otherwise known as the Dosan Ahn Changho-class. Its armament will include ballistic missiles, land attack cruise missiles, and torpedoes.

The newbuilding contract is valued at approximately ₩985.7 billion (US$853 million).

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