of Korea Navy commissions First of Class "Incheon" FFX I Frigate
of Korea Navy commissioned on 17 January 2013 the first of its next
next generation FFX I class Frigate. The ship was by Hyundai Heavy Industry
and is expected to replace the aging fleet of Pohang class corvettes
and Ulsan class frigates, and take over multi-role operations such as
coast patrol or anti-submarine warfare.
Republic of Korea
Navy Frigate Incheon FFX I during its commissioning ceremony
class will be built in several batches. Six vessels will be built as
Batch I (similar to head of class Incheon), eight Frigates will be built
as Batch II by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, and Batch
III is also planned for the future.
Batch I vessels are reported to displace 2,500 tons with a length of
114 meters and a beam of 14 meters. The main gun is 127mm similar type
to those used by the US Navy. For defense, the Incheon is fitted with
a RIM-116 RAM launcher as well as a Phalanx CIWS. The class is also
fitted with eight SSM-700K Hae Sung I anti-ship missiles, with an option
for eight more land attack variant Haesung missiles in the future.
It is expected that Batch II vessels will receive VLS cells for long
range SAMs and the locally built Hyunmoo-3 land attack cruise missile.
No design specifics have been released yet however, regarding Batch
Pictures of YJ-12 supersonic anti-ship missile, fitted on a Chinese
Navy (PLAN) Xian H-6G bomber have recently emerged on the Chinese internet
meaning this new generation missile may have entered operational service.