South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) expanded its submarine production facilities as a first step in securing competitiveness, the shipyard said in a statement.
DSME recently completed the construction of a 3,000 ton-class submarine top and bottom quay wall ship lift equipment. Last year, DSME received orders for four submarines, including the KSS-III 3,000 ton medium submarine project and three submarines for the Indonesian Navy, requiring the upgrade of existing facilities.
The submarine upper and lower facilities, which have now been completed, are the core production equipment used to lift submarines on land, or lift them from the sea for various inspections. It is expected that the expansion of the upper and lower facilities will improve productivity and raise the competitiveness of submarine construction.
DSME’s KSSI 3,000-ton medium-sized submarine will contribute to bolster the Republic of Korea Navy. The first unit, “Dosan Ahnchangho”, is being prepared for delivery and commissioning while the second submarine in this class is under construction. In addition, preparations for the construction of the Indonesian Navy first ship are in full swing, the company added.
“This facility is designed to sustain the KSS-III submarine building program and will be the foundation for a stable construction of the 3,000 ton submarine over the next 10 years has been laid. We will build a flawless submarine with differentiated technology and management,”DSME CEO Lee Sung-geun said.