(Source:www.globalsecurity.org) First submarine export as S. Korea hands over vessel to Indonesia
A Korean-built submarine rolls out to sea. Next stop: Indonesia.
This submarine, named ‘Nagapasa’ , is ready for a handover to Indonesia’s Ministry of Defense at a shipyard in Geoje , a city in Gyeongsangnam-do province.
Nagapasa can travel for 19,kilometers, a round trip between Korea and Los Angeles, without making any stop at a port, and is also equipped with eight offensive torpedo tubes, along with other cutting-edge weaponry.
As Daewoo Shipbuilding & Engineering delivers this submarine to Indonesia, it marks the first submarine export by a Korean company. Daewoo took on a one.one-billion U.S. dollar contract in 2011 to provide Indonesia with three submarines, the other two of which are currently under construction.
The handover of the vessel is regarded as a Korean success in commercializing the technology which the country first received from Germany in 1988. In the space of just 30 years, Korea has developed its submarine industry to the extent that it is now a submarine exporting nation.
With the sale of these three vessels, Korea, joins an elite group of submarine exporting countries, including the U.K., France, Russia and Germany.
(Won Jung-hwan, Arirang News)
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