First Diesel-Electric Submarine on Trial

First Diesel-Electric Submarine on Trial 22 June, 2019


Republic of Korea has begun sea trials for its first KSS-3 diesel-electric submarine. The vessel, Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, began the trials during the week of 10 June, and these involved mainly tests of the vessel's propulsion systems and steering equipment. 

The submarine Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, which is the first of three KSS-3 submarines ordered for the Republic of Korea Navy, has an overall length of 83.5 m, an overall beam of 7.7 m, and a hull draught of 7.62 m. It displaces approximately 3,400 tonnes when surfaced, 3,800 tonnes when dived, and can accommodate a crew of 50. 

The submarine will be equipped with the Weapon Handling Launch System from Babcock, and a locally developed submarine combat system from Hanwha Systems.

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