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The modernization of the South Korean Navy on the high seas

The Republic of South Korea has undertaken a thorough modernization of its defense instrument for several years, based in particular on the rapid development of its own defense industry. This modernization also affects the armored vehicles, specifically the Black Panther main battle tank, the combat aircraft with the KFX program and the Navy, with an unprecedented drive to transform the South Korean Navy into a high-ranking Navy. Sea, and make it one of the main actors in peaceful theater.

After acquiring the technologies required to develop its own buildings and systems, South Korea is now developing its own solutions and is even achieving export successes in the submarine and surface ship sectors. This development took place in two phases:

  • In the 1990s and 2000s, the South Korean Navy focused on moving from coastal defense navy status to offshore navy, for example through the acquisition of submarines Enter 209/214 with TKMS and the construction of destroyers, frigates and corvettes with the support of westerners, especially Europeans. It was at this time that she began to participate in important international exercises such as RIMPAC, and in the first large-tonnage ships such as the Destroyers Gwanggaeto the Great were launched.
  • From the 2010s, the conversion into a deep-sea navy began, which significantly increased the tonnage of the ships and their armament. We'll go into more detail here at this stage.

This advanced approach enabled the Korean Navy, as well as the naval industry, to gradually acquire the know-how and technology necessary to ensure this change and to integrate this advancement into a controlled economic shell. The future of the South Korean Navy rests on four main types of buildings: attack submarines, destroyers, frigates and LHDs.

Attack submarines

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