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South Korea Navy commissions KSS-III class submarine Anh Mu.

| 2023

According to information published by the South Korean MoD on April 25, 2023, the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) has formally accepted the Jang Bogo III class Batch I Ahn Mu.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 KSS-III submarine ROKS Shin Chae-ho. (Picture source: South Korean Armed Forces)

The ROKS Ahn Mu has a displacement of 3,358 tons when surfaced and 3,750 tons when submerged. The vessel has a length of 83.5 meters (273 feet 11 inches) and a beam of 9.6 meters (31 feet 6 inches). The draught of the submarine is 7.62 meters (25 feet 0 inches).

The submarine can operate various weapons such as guided missiles, torpedoes, and mines using a horizontal launching system, and possesses a strategic strike capability during crises by launching ballistic missiles (SLBM) from vertical launching systems.

Despite its larger hull compared to existing Jang Bogo-Ⅰ/Ⅱ class submarines, the latest noise reduction technologies, such as acoustic non-reflective coating and double elastic mounts, have been applied, ensuring stealth superior to the existing Jang Bogo-Ⅱ class submarines.

The ROKS Ahn Mu also has a long underwater operational endurance with a domestically developed air-independent propulsion system using fuel cell technology, making it capable of ocean operations with long-range navigation capabilities.

Moreover, domestically developed combat and sonar systems have been installed. The sonar system, in particular, boasts superior detection capabilities compared to the existing Jang Bogo-Ⅱ class.

After entering service today, the ROKS Ahn Mu submarine will undergo approximately 8 months of power deployment training and operational performance evaluation before being deployed in real combat in 2024, serving as a national strategic weapon responding to all-around threats.

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