Hyundai Heavy Industries Received $325 Million Contract to Build Ulsan-class Batch III Frigate

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) succeeded in winning an order for the latest frigate of the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy). HHI announced today that it signed a contract for detailed design and construction of the 3,500 ton FFX Batch III frigate worth a total of 400 billion won with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has received a KRW400 (USD325 million) contract to design and build the first Ulsan-class Batch III frigate for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN).

The contract, which has been signed with South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), was announced on 16 March.

The vessel is the first of six 3,500-tonne frigates planned for the batch. The contract covers detailed designed work and construction of the first-of-class. HHI received the contract to carry out basic design work for the batch in 2916.

The vessel will have an overall length of 129 m and a width of 15 m. It will feature a hybrid electric and gas propulsion system, and can attain a maximum speed of 30 kt.

The frigate can utilise its electric propulsion systems during anti-submarine operations to minimise its acoustic signatures. Accordingly, the vessel will rely on gas turbine propulsion when it needs to operate at high speeds, said HHI.

HHI also noted that the warship will be equipped with a four-sided fixed multifunction phased array radar “capable of 360-degrees omni-directional detection, tracking, and engagement”.

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