Daewoo and Hanjin Join Forces On South Korea’s Aircraft Carrier Project

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) signed a mutual cooperation agreement for the design and build of the Korean light aircraft carrier project (CVX project).

Lee Seong-geun, DSME CEO, announced on August 19. that he has signed a mutual cooperation agreement with HHIC for the design and construction of the Korean light aircraft carrier project.

In order to win the basic design project for the future Korean light aircraft carrier, which is expected to be completed next year, the two companies agreed to cooperate with each other by concentrating their strengths and capabilities. When the capabilities and resources of both companies are combined, a synergy effect is expected.

DSME has already conducted a review of the possibility of building an aircraft carrier with the Republic of Korea Navy from 2015 to 2016, and has been conducting a conceptual design on its own since the Navy announced its policy to introduce a 30,000-ton class light aircraft carrier earlier this year. In addition, at the MADEX 2021 defense exhibition in Busan in June, DSME signed a research service contract for technology support for a light aircraft carrier with Italy’s Fincantieri shipyards, boosting the comprehensiveness of its own design.

HHIC is known as the only domestic design/build shipyard in the field of large amphibious ships. It successfully built the 14,500-ton amphibious assault ships Dokdo and Marado in 2007 and delivered the later to the ROK Navy in June this year.

Meanwhile, DSME has successfully passed all tests and evaluations of the first 3,000-ton class Dosan Ahn Changho-class submarine, designed independently. DSME delivered it to the Republic of Korea Navy on August 13, along with the steel cutting ceremony of the first ship of the second project.

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