South Korea offers KSS-III batch-II submarine to India

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Recently South Korea has made an exclusive offer to provide its advanced KSS-III Batch-II submarines to India.

An overview of the news

  • The proposal comes at a time when Germany is about to complete India's submarine acquisition programme, Project 75I.

About KSS-III Batch-II submarine 

  • The KSS-III is the largest submarine to ever be built by South Korea, is being developed in two phases, Batch-I and Batch-II.

  • It is part of the Korean Attack Submarine program and represents a significant advancement in the country's naval capabilities.

  • The KSS-III Batch-II submarine is an advanced version of its predecessor submarine in terms of combat management system, firepower and sonar capabilities.

  • It is jointly developed by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

  • The KSS-III submarine is a series of diesel-electric attack submarines.

Features of KSS-III batch-II submarine

  • It is equipped with advanced technologies and facilities to enhance operational effectiveness.

  • The submarine has a length of approximately 84 m (275 ft) and a submerged displacement of approximately 3,000 tonnes.

  • The KSS-III Batch-II submarine utilizes a combination of air-independent propulsion (AIP) system and diesel-electric propulsion. 

  • The submarine is capable of reaching speeds of over 20 knots (37 kilometers per hour)while submerged.

  • The submarine is equipped with a range of armaments and sensors to fulfill its mission requirements. 

  • It includes torpedoes for anti-submarine warfare,anti-ship missiles for surface engagement, and land-attack capabilities.

  • The submarine also features advanced sensor systems, such as sonar and radar, to detect and track underwater and surface targets.

  • The KSS-III Batch-II submarine has a crew capacity of around 50 personnel.

Export Potential 

  • South Korea aims to promote the KSS-III Batch-II submarine for potential export to other countries. 

  • The advanced features, operational capabilities, and competitive pricing make it an attractive option for nations seeking to modernize their naval forces.

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