DSME press release translated by Naval News
Lee Seong-geun, DSME CEO, announced on August 19. that he has signed a mutual cooperation agreement with HHIC for the design and construction of the Korean light aircraft carrier project.
In order to win the basic design project for the future Korean light aircraft carrier, which is expected to be completed next year, the two companies agreed to cooperate with each other by concentrating their strengths and capabilities. When the capabilities and resources of both companies are combined, a synergy effect is expected.
DSME has already conducted a review of the possibility of building an aircraft carrier with the Republic of Korea Navy from 2015 to 2016, and has been conducting a conceptual design on its own since the Navy announced its policy to introduce a 30,000-ton class light aircraft carrier earlier this year. In addition, at the MADEX 2021 defense exhibition in Busan in June, DSME signed a research service contract for technology support for a light aircraft carrier with Italy’s Fincantieri shipyards, boosting the comprehensiveness of its own design.
HHIC is known as the only domestic design/build shipyard in the field of large amphibious ships. It successfully built the 14,500-ton amphibious assault ships Dokdo and Marado in 2007 and delivered the later to the ROK Navy in June this year.
“Through this cooperation, it is planned to combine Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s superior technology and Hanjin Heavy Industries’ qualified experience. We will do our best to ensure that the aircraft carrier business can be completed successfully.”Jung Woo-seong, General Manager of Special Ship sales at DSME
Meanwhile, DSME has successfully passed all tests and evaluations of the first 3,000-ton class Dosan Ahn Changho-class submarine, designed independently. DSME delivered it to the Republic of Korea Navy on August 13, along with the steel cutting ceremony of the first ship of the second project.
Naval News Comments:
DSME unveiled its CVX design during MADEX 2021 on June 9, 2021. The company is competing against Hyundai Heavy Industries for the basic design contract award. South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) is expected to select the winning design sometime next year.
Here is our video coverage of DSME’s CVX project at MADEX 2021:
Naval News previously published an overview of the CVX project that you can find here.