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South Korean navy completes C4I system upgrade

by Dae Young Kim




The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has completed an upgrade of its command, control, communication, computer, and intelligence (C4I) system under a KRW147.2 billion (USD124 million) project aimed at eliminating redundancies and expanding the system’s capabilities for future operations.

DAPA announced on 7 September that the RoKN has upgraded its C4I system as part of a KRW147.2 billion project aimed at eliminating redundancies and expanding the system’s capabilities for future operations. (DAPA)

DAPA announced on 7 September that the RoKN has upgraded its C4I system as part of a KRW147.2 billion project aimed at eliminating redundancies and expanding the system’s capabilities for future operations. (DAPA)
South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 7 September that the upgraded system will “drastically improve the RoKN’s ability to carry out command and control (C2) in a combat situation as it can integrate all the information that was previously provided by four different systems – the Korean Naval Tactical Data Processing System (KNTDS), the Korean Naval Command and Control System (KNCCS), the Digital Specialised Processing System, and the Real-Time Text Network – into a single network.

The new system, which is capable of handling three times as much data as the previous one, also enables the navy to transmit and share data with other units in real time, including data on ballistic missiles.

DAPA pointed out that, while the earlier version of the system had been operated “as a single type without considering the operating environment of each unit”, the newer version, which was upgraded between August 2015 and August 2020, has been “customised according to the tasks of each unit”.

Moreover, all operating network terminals have been configured in such a way that they can be remotely controlled in real time, noted DAPA, adding that under the new system a ‘back-up’ C4I station could become operational within 10 minutes should the main station be damaged.

 

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LIG Nex1 secures the first goalkeeper's window maintenance and system integration capabilities




-Securing the ability to independently perform window maintenance/system integration in Korea that was dependent on overseas


-Contributing to improving the combat power of naval ships by utilizing proven technologies when developing the CIWS-II project system







 LIG Nex1 (CEO Kim Ji-chan) announced that it has successfully completed the voyage acceptance test for the goalkeeper, a melee defense weapon system led by the Navy. With the success of the goalkeeper's voyage acceptance test, LIG Nex1 has secured basic technologies such as system integration and test evaluation of the system, as well as the ability to support subsequent logistics in time. LIG Nex1 plans to use the technologies and experiences it has acquired so far for domestic research and development of the near defense weapon system-II (CIWS-II) project.



 Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) is a weapon system that defends ships from threats such as anti-ship missiles, aircraft, and high-speed invasion boats at the final stage. On June 30, LIG Nex1 successfully completed the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for the first domestic maintenance parts of the goalkeeper, a 30mm close defense weapon system, but in consideration of the spread of corona at the time, it was held as a commemorative event. I have a bar. As a result, LIG Nex1 has secured the capability to independently carry out the maintenance of goalkeepers that have been dependent on overseas so far, and it is possible to maintain stable operation of equipment and to support subsequent logistics in a timely manner.



 In 2016, LIG Nex1 signed a maintenance contract with Bangsacheong for the maintenance of goalkeepers, and in 2018, it dispatched technical personnel to Thales, the original manufacturer, to transfer maintenance skills and experience. From the beginning of 2019, in order to reduce the time and cost required for window maintenance, a goalkeeper-only window maintenance facility has been built and operated at the Gumi production headquarters. According to the Navy, it is expected to save more than 100 billion won in budget.



 As weapon systems become more advanced and advanced, securing stable maintenance technology capability is emerging as an important task. The military has secured domestic maintenance capabilities by successfully performing the initial depot maintenance by the goalkeeper currently in operation, but has raised the need for securing an alternative weapon system due to the difficulty of continuously expanding subsequent logistical support such as performance improvement compared to existing operating equipment. Accordingly, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration decided to promote the domestic development of the Proximity Defense Weapons System-II (CIWS-II) project from 2021 to 2030 at the Defense Project Promotion Committee held in May.



 The CIWS-II project, which will be promoted through domestic research and development, will be installed on the latest navy ships, including the KDDX, the next Korean destroyer, and will carry out research and development within the shortest period, taking into account the energization schedule of the battleship. In addition, radars, optical equipment, fire control devices, and other gun components were developed in-house and developed and mass-produced simultaneously.



 LIG Nex1 plans to contribute to the domestic development of the CIWS-II project in the future by making full use of the specialized personnel and dedicated maintenance facilities secured through the Korea's only 30mm goalkeeper depot maintenance business experience. In particular, it is expected that it will greatly contribute to the improvement of the combat power of naval ships in the future through stable equipment development, mass production, and subsequent logistical support based on experience in ship installation, system integration, and test evaluation targeting the close defense weapon system.



 An official from LIG Nex1 said, “LIG Nex1 has accumulated experience in project management related to domestic development of various weapon systems operating in marine and underwater environments as well as maintenance and cooperative maintenance of overseas weapon systems introduced and operated by the Navy. “We will do our best to contribute to the development of new equipment to improve the naval combat power by making the most of the technology and know-how accumulated so far,” he said. <End>

















 

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The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) received on 20 October its first dedicated training ship, according to an announcement made the following day by South Korea’s Defense...

The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) received on 20 October its first dedicated training ship, according to an announcement made the following day by South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA.)

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The RoKN received its first dedicated training vessel, Hansando , on 20 October. The 142 m-long ship is expected to enter service in early 2021. (DAPA)

Named Hansando (pennant number ATH 81), the 142 m-long vessel, which had been launched at Hyundai Heavy Industries’ (HHI’s) Ulsan shipyard in November 2018, is expected to enter service in early 2021 and be based at the Jinhae Naval Base in South Gyeongsang Province.

Built under the RoKN’s Training Ship Experimental (ATX) programme, the vessel, which has a standard displacement of 4,500 tonnes and incorporates stealth features in its design, will have a crew complement of 120 and enough room to accommodate more than 300 trainees, according to DAPA.

The vessel features a computer-based training system that can simulate combat situations as well as operations aboard various RoKN ships, including frigates and destroyers.

Hansando also has three classrooms and lecture halls and is fitted with dual stern ramps for launching rigid-hull inflatable boats, as well as a hangar that can accommodate up to two medium-sized helicopters.

It also features a sick bay, three operating rooms to deal with patients in critical condition, and a negative-pressure room to handle outbreaks of infectious diseases on board. This will enable the vessel to also carry out disaster relief missions and provide medical support in case of incidents out at sea.

 

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The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of two (2) MK 15 MOD 25 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) Block 1B Baseline 2 (IB2) systems and related equipment for an estimated cost of $39 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Republic of Korea has requested to buy two (2) MK 15 MOD 25 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) Block 1B Baseline 2 (IB2) systems; and four thousand (4,000) rounds, 20MM cartridge API linked. Also included are spare parts; other support equipment; ammunition; books and other publications; software; training; engineering technical assistance and other technical assistance; and other related elements of program and logistical support. The estimated total cost is $39 million.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that is a force for political stability and economic progress in the Pacific region.

The proposed sale will improve the Republic of Korea’s capability to meet current and future threats. Korea will use the systems aboard its first KDX III Batch II Class ship to provide it with effective means of detecting and defending itself against incoming airborne threats. The Republic of Korea will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractor will be Raytheon Missile and Defense, Louisville, KY. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to the Republic of Korea. However, U.S. Government or contractor personnel in-country visits will be required on a temporary basis in conjunction with program technical oversight and support requirements, including multiple trips by U.S. Government and contractor representatives to participate in program and technical reviews, as well as to provide training and maintenance support in country, as required.
 

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This handout picture, released by the Suez Canal Authority on March 29, 2021 and issued by AFP, shows tugboats pulling the Panama-flagged MV Ever Given (operated by Taiwan-based Evergreen Marine) container ship, a 400-metre-long and 59-metre wide vessel, lodged sideways impeding traffic across Egypt`s Suez Canal waterway. Egypt`s Suez Canal Authority said on March 29 the Ever Given container ship, which has been blocking the crucial waterway for nearly a week, has been "reorientated 80 percent in the right direction". (Yonhap)

South Korea sent a naval destroyer to the Suez Canal to ensure the safety of its nationals using the waterway, as operations to rescue a stranded giant vessel are under way, the defense ministry said Monday.

Last week, the 200,000-ton container vessel got stuck sideways in the canal in northeastern Egypt, blocking off the crucial international waterway. On Monday, it was partly refloated after rescue work, according to foreign media outlets.

"The defense ministry moved the Cheonghae Unit earlier in the day to the Gulf of Aden for missions to protect Korean vessels which detoured from the Suez Canal to the Cape of Good Hope (in South Africa)," the ministry said in a release.

 

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Phalanx CIWS aboard USS Wasp. (Photo: USN/Daniel Barker)

Raytheon is upgrading and converting four Phalanx systems to the Block 1B Baseline 2 configuration for the Republic of Korea Navy.

Raytheon Missiles & Defense has obtained a $49.04 million modification to an FMS contract to provide the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) with Raytheon Phalanx close-in weapon systems (CIWSs).

The modification covers the upgrade and conversion of four Phalanx Block 0 systems to Block 1B Baseline 2, the DoD announced on 29 September.
Work at multiple US locations will be completed by May 2025.
The original $136.47 million contract was awarded to Raytheon in June 2021.
While the ROKN currently fields Phalanx and the Thales Goalkeeper for naval point defence, in October 2021 the South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration announced that domestic company LIG Nex1 will manufacture the next-generation CIWS.
The new system is planned to enter service in 2027.

 

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Navy conducts live-fire drills with homegrown missiles​

SEOUL, May 13 (Yonhap) -- The Navy said Monday it has conducted live-fire drills in the East Sea jointly with the Army and Air Force to bolster their readiness against North Korean threats.

Approximately 10 naval vessels, including destroyers, frigates and patrol missile vessels, were deployed for the joint drill Friday, alongside P-3 maritime patrol aircraft and Lynx helicopters. The Army's AH-64 Apache helicopters and the Air Force's KF-16 fighter jets also participated in the maneuvers.

The forces engaged in live-fire exercises utilizing surface-to-air Haegung missiles (K-SAAM), anti-ship Haeseong I missiles (SSM-700K C-Star) and surface-to-surface Haeryong missiles (SSM-750K Sea Dragon Tactical Land Attack Missile), simulating scenarios involving aerial, maritime and ground-based provocations.

During the exercise, the Chuncheon FFG-II successfully launched Haegung missiles to intercept aerial targets, marking its first live-fire drills conducted by the Navy.

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The Chuncheon FFG-II frigate launches Haegung surface-to-air missiles to shoot down an aerial target during live-fire drills held in the East Sea on May 10, 2024, in this photo provided by the Navy. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The Chuncheon FFG-II frigate launches Haegung surface-to-air missiles to shoot down an aerial target during live-fire drills held in the East Sea on May 10, 2024, in this photo provided by the Navy. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


Edit: wrong missile namings in article corrected & expanded
 
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Sejong the great-class 11,000t Aegis destroyer ROKS Yulgok Yi I (named after a 16th century scholar from the Joseon Dynasty) live fires SM-2 and intercepts target at RIMPAC 2024.


Navy stages live-fire SM-2 interceptor drills during RIMPAC​

16:03 July 10, 2024

SEOUL, July 10 (Yonhap) -- The Navy held air defense drills with an SM-2 interceptor during a U.S.-led multinational exercise in waters near Hawaii this week, officials said Wednesday, amid efforts to bolster response capabilities against North Korean missile threats.

The ROKS Yulgok Yi I destroyer successfully intercepted an unmanned aerial target Tuesday (local time) with the SM-2 surface-to-air missile during the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, according to the Navy officials.

The SM-2 is capable of defending against anti-ship missiles and aircraft out to 90 nautical miles, according to the U.S. defense company Raytheon, the missile's manufacturer.

"Through this exercise, (we) inspected our Navy's anti-air and anti-missile engagement capabilities and enhanced our missile operational capabilities," Capt. Kim Bong-jin, ROKS Yulgok Yi I's commanding officer, said in a release.

South Korea has dispatched some 840 troops, three warships and a submarine to take part in this year's RIMPAC, which involves 29 countries, and is scheduled to run through Aug. 1.

As part of RIMPAC, the ROKS Lee Beom-seok submarine will stage a live-fire exercise against a retired U.S. amphibious assault ship on July 18, according to the Navy.

North Korea has ratcheted up tensions on the Korean Peninsula with a spate of weapons tests this year, including what it called a "super-large warhead" power test for a strategic cruise missile in April.

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The ROKS Yulgok Yi I destroyer fires an SM-2 interceptor to strike an unmanned aerial target in waters near Hawaii on July 9, 2024, during the U.S.-led Rim of the Pacific exercise, in this photo provided by the Navy. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The ROKS Yulgok Yi I destroyer fires an SM-2 interceptor to strike an unmanned aerial target in waters near Hawaii on July 9, 2024, during the U.S.-led Rim of the Pacific exercise, in this photo provided by the Navy. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
 

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