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South Korea launches first KDX-III Batch 2 destroyer

29th July 2022 - 04:12 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


The new KDX-III Batch 2 destroyer ROKS Jeongjo the Great is seen at its launch ceremony in Ulsan. (Photo: HHI)

A new batch of Aegis-equipped destroyers is on the way for the ROKN, with the first launched by HHI.

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) launched the lead KDX-III Batch 2 Aegis-equipped destroyer, destined for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN), on 28 July.

Launched in a ceremony at HHI’s Ulsan shipyard, the first-of-class vessel displacing 8,200t will eventually be christened ROKS Jeongjo the Great (DDG-995) when it is delivered before November 2024.

One notable feature of this batch is that it is the first South Korean surface combatant capable of launching ballistic missiles. Its ballistic missile defence and anti-submarine warfare capabilities are also enhanced, thanks to an AN/SPY-1D(V) radar, Aegis Baseline 9.C2 with KII software variant and BMD Baseline 5.

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

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

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