South Korean firm LIG Nex1 wins contract to develop Light Torpedo II

According to information published by LIG Nex1 on August 18, 2022, the South Korean firm signed a contract with the South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration for the “Light Torpedo-II System Development Project” worth 154.9 billion won.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Artist rendering of the future Light Torpedo II (Picture source: LIG Nex1)

The development of the light torpedo-II system is a project to improve the detection and attack capabilities of current light torpedoes (blue sharks) that are arming surface ships.

The Light Torpedo-II not only has the ability to respond to the evolving enemy's deception, but also has the ability to attack quickly and accurately from a distance, so it can strike a target with precision.

This project is one of the projects that the Defense Agency has adjusted from the Defense Science Research Institute to the company-led R&D as part of the 'defense R&D system reform'.

The National Research Institute provides technical support, such as transferring the technology necessary for development to LIG Nex1 and providing advice necessary for technical decision-making. The DAPA also plans to promote the project so that close cooperation with related organizations such as ADD and Soyo-gun is achieved.

LIG Nex1 plans to actively reflect the latest technology trends based on stealth, such as developing a new acoustic detection sensor to improve the light torpedo-II's detection and attack capabilities against enemy submarines. It is expected that this will enable effective operation and greatly increase the survivability of friendly ships.