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French Company ECA will supply steering and diving consoles for South Korean KSS-III submarine


June 4, 2020, according to a press released, French company ECA GROUP will supply steering and diving consoles for South Korea Navy's 1st submarine of JANGBOGO III (Batch II), after having successfully delivered this equipment for the first batch of 3 submarines in 2016, 2018 and 2019. The equipment will be delivered by 2023 and operational tests will be completed by 2027.
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French Company ECA will supply steering and diving consoles for South Korean KSS III submarine 925 001 South Korean Navy's JANGBOGO III submarine. (Picture source Dosan Ahn Chang Ho)


The South Korean Navy's JANGBOGO III submarine project began in 2014. ECA GROUP was selected to deliver the Steering and Diving Consoles (SNDC). In the past 5 years, ECA GROUP has been chosen for the third consecutive time to supply further submarine steering and diving consoles for this navy.

The steering console (SC) is a generic sea proven product that manages the 3D motion of submarines, by controlling diving planes and Rudder. SC design concept is based on an open and modular architecture adaptable to any submarine design. SC is fitted with a high performance numerical autopilot which allows several control modes (Automatic, manual and mixed modes). Additional functions like “Decision Support Tool” and “OBTS” (Onboard Training Simulator) increase the performance of the user. ECA Steering Console is installed onboard several submarines class design (SSBN, SSK) for French, Chilean, Malaysian, Indian and South Korean Navies.

The trials of the KSS-III (Jangbogo–III-class) diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) was launched in 2019. It will be ready for operational deployment in 2025. This new class of submarines will have the Korean Vertical Launching System which will be able to carry up to 10 indigenous Chonryong submarine-launched cruise missiles. The first submarine in the Republic of Korea Navy to have this kind of capability. It will also have many other improvements compared to its predecessors. Reports indicate South Korea might even deploy SLBMs inside the vertical launchers. Development of SLBMs by Agency for Defense Development is expected to be completed by 2020. SLBMs (submarine-launched ballistic missile) will be a derivative of Hyunmoo-2 ballistic missiles