South Korean Navy in February 2010 obzavedutsya «strategic mobile fleet» of the two squadrons, led by the newest destroyer Aegis, which will operate on the high seas to protect the country from potential attacks by the DPRK, said on Monday, The Korea Times source in the Republic of Korea Navy.
Each fleet will initially consist of a destroyer KDX-III Aegis displacement of 7600 tons, and three destroyers KDX-II (4500 tons) of marine and aviation.
Once in 2014 on the island of Jeju will be home base of the Navy to adopt a mobile fleet of frigates will a new generation of FFX-I (2300 tonnes), submarines Type-214 (1800 tonnes) and court security.
Starting next year, the new fleet will take part in international naval exercises, including the annual RIMPAC exercises in Hawaii, added the source. At RIMPAC project destroyer KDX-III Sejong the Great the first time will hold a training-combat missile launches «ship-to-air» SM-2 Block IIIA / B in the test system of military administration Aegis (CSSQT) with allied nations.
CSSQT - a series of sea trials, which is checked for correct installation, and security of naval weapon systems.
«CSSQT tests will help to significantly improve the combat capabilities destroyer Sejong the Great» - said the source, noting that during the CSSQT South Korean navy will hold its first launch and intercept missiles.
In the lists of the Republic of Korea Navy has already composed two of the three planned KDX-III destroyers with the Aegis: parent spacecraft project Sejong the Great (for combat duty in December 2009) and Yi I (launched in November 2009, awaiting acceptance).
The American system of Aegis production Lockheed Martin - best set of battle management, providing the opportunity for simultaneous tracking and destruction of air, surface, undersea and surface targets, including aircraft, ballistic and cruise missiles, ships and submarines. Aegis system is in service fleets of a few countries including the United States Navy, Spain, Japan and Norway.
KDX-III - one of the most modern ships with Aegis. The radar station around the SPY-1D, installed on board the project, the ability to conduct joint surveillance of 1000 units of air within a radius of 500 kilometers. The length of the ship project - 166 meters, width - 21 meters, armament - to 128 missiles in vertical launch systems.
In particular, the ship is armed with anti-missile SM-2 Block IIIA / B (range of lesion - 170 kilometers), anti-ship cruise missiles Cheonryong (500 kilometers) and Haeseong (150 kilometers).
Destroyer is also armed with anti missile Hae Seong (150 kilometers), guided missiles RAM Mk 31, 30 mm system of close combat Goalkeeper, 12.7 mm machine guns Mk 45 Mod 4 and antisubmarine torpedoes Hongsangeo (19 kilometers).
The ship is equipped with electronic anti SLQ-200 (V) SONATA local production.
Destroyer KDX-III project can take on board the two helicopters and the medium moving at a maximum speed of 30 knots. The crew of the ship - 300 people. Price - $ 1 billion.
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