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South Korea plumbs the ocean depths

10th February 2021 - 06:31 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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South Korea is becoming prolific in its development of indigenous vessels for tasks performed on the surface or under the water, and many of these designs are unmanned.

South Korea is ploughing forward into unmanned technologies for surface and underwater craft. Indeed, its most ambitious dream yet is to create an unmanned nuclear-powered submarine as part of its embrace of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The Agency for Defense Development (ADD) released its Novel Weapon Systems Yearbook on 20 January, and one of the 21 conceptual project mentioned in it was an unmanned nuclear depot submarine.

The stealthy vessel could dive to depths of 1,000m and move at a top speed of 60km/h. The yearbook stated the ‘submarine depot ship can operate without personnel through the use of a

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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