The vessel is among six 3,500 ton Ulsan-class Batch-III (also known as FFX Batch III) frigates set to be built for the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy. This ship built by Samkang M&T will be delivered in 2026. Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) was awarded the contract for the “basic Design of Ulsan-class Batch- III“ in 2019 and won the contract for “detailed design and construction” of the first ship last year.
Ulsan-class Batch-III frigates are 129 meters long with a width of 15 meters and a maximum speed of 30 knots. The new frigate series will replace the outdated frigates and patrol corvette ships, in order to protect the future carrier strike group or commercial ships.
The vessel with a crew of 120 features a dramatic improvement in its anti-aircraft defense capability compared to the existing Ulsan-class frigates by a four sided fixed multi-function phased array radar capable of 360 degrees omni-directional detection, tracking and engagement. It is armed with a 5-inch gun, surface-to-surface guided missiles, and CIWS.
The frigate with hybrid propulsion system can avoid detection from submarine by applying electric propulsion system that produces less noise. In an emergency, it can operate at high speeds using gas turbine; thus, significantly enhancing its operational capabilities.
The chairman of Samkang M&T, Mr. Moo Seok Song said:
“Samkang has acquired sufficient technology for naval ships since we constructed 10 patrol ships of the Korea Coast Guard. As protecting the maritime sovereignty is very important especially in the Korean Peninsula which is surrounded by three seas, we will keep working with determined mind that Samkang will contribute to protect the country and Korean citizens.”