Hyundai Heavy Industries has built and launched Korea’s first ‘next-generation Aegis’.
On the 28th, Hyundai Heavy Industries was held at the Ulsan headquarters in Ulsan, where President Yoon Seok-yeol, his wife Kim Kun-hee, Naval Chief of Staff Lee Jong-ho, Defense Acquisition Program Administration Director Eom Dong-hwan, HD Hyundai and Hyundai Heavy Industries Chairman Oh-gap Kwon, Vice Chairman Han Young-seok, President Ki-seon Ki-seon, and President Sang-gyun Lee attended. Among them, the launching ceremony of the ‘8,200-ton Korean Aegis destroyer (KDX-Ⅲ Batch-Ⅱ) lead ship’ was held.
This ship was named ‘Jeongjo the Great’ in honor of King Jeongjo (reigned 1776~1800), the 22nd king of Joseon, who worked hard for cultural revival and prosperous nation in the late Joseon Dynasty.
The King Jeongjo is the first next-generation Aegis ship introduced by the Republic of Korea Navy. It is 170 meters long, 21 meters wide, and has a light tonnage of 8,200 tons, and can sail at a maximum speed of 30 knots (about 55 km/h).
The ship is equipped with a state-of-the-art Aegis Combat System, which significantly improves the ability to respond to ballistic missiles and perform anti-submarine operations compared to the existing King Sejong-class Aegis (7,600-ton class).
The new Aegis ship is evaluated as a destroyer with powerful combat power by adding a new ballistic missile intercept function and applying various weapon systems such as 5-inch guns, close-range defense weapon systems, surface-to-air missiles, surface-to-ship missiles, and torpedoes.
In addition, through multifunctional phased array radar, infrared detection and tracking equipment, and electro-optical tracking equipment, the detection and tracking capability is more than doubled compared to that of King Sejong the Great, and the integrated SONAR system is used to increase the detection range of submarines by more than 3 times. made it
Hyundai Heavy Industries successfully built Korea’s first Aegis warship ‘Sejong the Great’ in 2008 and the third ‘Seoae Ryu Seongryong’ in 2012. It will be delivered to the Navy in turn.
Vice Chairman Han Young-seok of Hyundai Heavy Industries said, “Hyundai Heavy Industries is the only shipyard in Korea that designs and builds Aegis ships on its own.
Meanwhile, Aegis is a destroyer derived from ‘Aegis’, a shield used by the Greek god Zeus. is called.