South Korea moves forward in submarine rescue ship development
The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) launched the ASR-II project in November 2015 in partnership with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), a local shipyard.
They have focused on the basic design of the 5,200-ton ship capable of conducting submarine crew rescue operations amid waves as tall as four meters.
Developing the technology, the first part of the process, has been completed, as it passed the military's required operational capability (ROC) test last month, according to the state arms agency.
It now plans to start the second stage, developing a relevant system with the aim of delivering the ship to the Navy around 2022.
South Korea already has the 3,200-ton Cheonghaejin submarine rescue ship, commissioned in late 1996. It is able to operate only in waves of two meters or smaller. ■