South Korea is planning to develop core technologies needed to build and deploy the country’s first light aircraft carrier by 2033, the country’s arms procurement agency has said.
The 40,000-ton light aircraft carrier will “proactively respond to threats from all directions,” according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration. The project will cost 2 trillion won (US$1.74 billion) project, according to the agency.
The agency has set 2024 as the deadline to develop the core technologies. Seven institutions, including the state-run Agency for Defense Development, Pusan National University and LIG Nex1 Co., will take part in the development, according to local media reports.
.”After its requirement was decided in July last year, experts from private, public and military sectors identified core technologies necessary to be secured because unlike other vessels, it will use vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) jets,” the agency said in a release.
Local media have reported that the country is studying the feasibility of developing two types of aircraft carriers, one a medium size 70,000 tons carrier that will be able to carry 40 aircraft including fixed-wing and rotating-wing aircraft, and the other a 40,000 tons vessel that will be able to carry 20 aircraft including 12 fixed-wing and 8 rotating-wing aircraft with a crew of 720 people.
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