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South Korea awards warship contracts and readies SAM for production

20th January 2022 - 03:09 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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An artist’s rendering of the upcoming FFX Batch III class of frigate destined for the ROK Navy. (HHI)

South Korea is a hotbed of naval activity - with frigates, destroyers, submarines and new SAMs all under construction.

South Korea has an active naval shipbuilding programme, and one of the latest recipients of a contract is SamKang M&T for a 3,500t FFX Batch III frigate.

Samkang M&T is South Korea’s leading ship repairer that took over the shipyard of bankrupt STX Offshore & Shipbuilding in 2017. The company announced on 4 January that it had won this KRW33.5 billion ($30.2 million) frigate contract from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).

Moo Seok Song, chairman of the company, said: ‘Samkang has acquired sufficient technology for naval ships since we constructed ten patrol ships for the Korea Coast Guard.’

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