The 6.5 meters long ASWUUV displaces 9 tons meaning it can be qualified as a large displacement UUV. It has been in development in cooperation with Hanwha since 2017 as part of the ADD’s effort to develop “leading core technologies.” The system has a maximum cruising speed of 10 knots and can dive to 300 meters with an endurance of 30 days. In addition, it incorporates many state-of-the-art systems, including passive and active sonar, acoustic sensors, a communication unit, and hydrogen fuel cells for extended operations.
Once in service, the ASWUUV will monitor and keep track of enemy submarines as well as tying down hostile submarines that enter its operational area.
The event held on the 30th involved the launching of the ASWUUV, followed by an operational demonstration that showcased the vehicle’s ability to maneuver autonomously and its anti-submarine search and track capabilities.
“The test is very noteworthy because we were able to demonstrate the effectiveness of the platform’s most important technologies.”
The Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) has been pursuing the development of manned and unmanned naval systems as part of the “National Defense Revolution 4.0” plan of the Ministry of National Defense. The ROKN said that the ASWUUV is an integral element of this plan.
Once the ASWUUV becomes operational, our submarine force will be able to expand its operations. Moreover, it will facilitate the creation of the ‘maritime manned-unmanned dual operational structure’, a goal which the Navy has focused on greatly.”
“This dual operational structure will be a game changer which alters the paradigm of maritime strategy significantly. We will continue cooperating with the ADD and other related organizations to accelerate development of this framework.”
Head of ROKN air and unmanned force division, Colonel Park Gil-yong
The ADD plans on testing the autonomous operating system, miniature sonar, and hydrogen fuel cells of the ASWUUV in September.