ECA Group is set to deliver an additional steering console to Hyundai Heavy Industries (HII) for the Korean Jangbogo III Submarine project.
The company is already scheduled to provide steering consoles for two of the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK) submarines under the Jangbogo III Batch I (JIII-BI) Submarine development.
The extra steering console will be supplied for installation on-board the third vessel as part of the latest deal.
ECA’s steering console is based on an open and modular architecture that is intended to be adaptable to any submarine design.
It is a generic sea-proven product that manages the 3D motion of the vessels by controlling diving planes and the submarine’s rudder.
The steering console is equipped with a high-performance numerical autopilot function that enables several control configurations, including automatic, manual and mixed modes.
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South Korean shipyard DSME was contracted to carry out the design of the JIII-BI project, as well as the development of the first two submarines, in 2014.
DSME had also previously awarded a deal to ECA Group for the design and production of the first two vessels’ steering consoles.
The Korea Navy’s third submarine is currently being manufactured by HII in accordance with the terms of the JIII-BI initiative.
Jangbogo III, the Korean Attack Submarine programme, is a three-phase project that is intended to strengthen the ROK’s arsenal of attack submarines.
Each phase of the programme will see the construction of a total of three submarines for the ROK Navy.
The first vessel is slated to be launched next year and will be handed over to the navy at the end of 2020 following two years of sea trials.
The second submarine is due to be delivered to the ROK at the end of 2022, while the final vessel is expected to be handed over in 2029.