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Friday, June 09, 2006

South Korea launches new submarine

I guess Bubblehead has other stuff on his mind so I'll do the honors of reporting a new South Korean warship as found
The South Korean Navy Friday launched its first, 1,800-ton class, state-of-the-art submarine equipped with advanced missile systems, a Navy spokesman said.
The 214-Type submarine, 65.3 meters long and 6.3 meters wide, is equipped with Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) that helps improve its underwater capability. It can submerge to a depth of up to 400 meters and carry out underwater operations for a maximum two weeks at a time.

The submarine, equipped with eight torpedo tubes and advanced submarine-to-surface missiles, has a maximum dive speed of 20 knots and a seating capacity of 40. It costs around $1 billion.

The Sohn Won-il submarine will be declared operational in the second half of next year after undergoing sea trials, according to the Navy.

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