DDG-991 Sejong the Great

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DDG-991 Sejong the Great

The South Korean Destroyer Experimental program (KDX) has produced three variants. The latest, and pinnacle of the program, is the AEGIS KDX-III class of destroyers which has now been named the King Sejong the great Class. The first vessel, DDG-991, Sejong the Great, was launched on May 25, 2007. The South Koreans are committed to building a total of three of these vessels, and may add an additional three, for a total of six.
Utilizing the same advanced AN/SPY-1D AEGIS weapons system that the United States Navy utilizes on its Arleigh Burke class destroyers, the vessel has been enlarged to accomodate significantly more fire power than either the original Arliegh Burke class, or the follow-on Flight IIA batch of Arleigh Bure destroyers which this vessel resembles.

With a forward Mk-41 VLS launcher of 8- cells, the Sejong uses all of those cells for SM-2 Block II/III missiles for medium to long range air defense. A seperate, indegenous VLS launcher aft houses 48 cells that contains 32 indegnous Hyunmoo land attack cruise missiles (LACMs) as well as 16 K-ARSROC anti-submarine missiles. In addition the vessels mount one 30mm Goalkeeper close-in-weapon-system (CIWS) aft, and a 21 missile Rolling-Air-Frame (RAM) missile launcher forward for additional close in anti-missile defense. The vessels also carry 32 light weight topredoes and have hangar facilities for two LAMS III helicopters for anti-submarine work.

With such a weapons an sensor fit, these vessels represent the most heavily armed and military capable AEGIS vessels afloat, surpassing the Japanese Kongo and Atago class, and even surpassing the vaunted U.S. Navy Ticonderoga class cruisers in terms of shear fire power. In reality, with a full load displacement of 10,000 tons, these vessels themselves could easily be considered AEGIS cruisers themselves.
The South Korean Destroyer Experimental program (KDX) has produced three variants. The latest, and pinnacle of the program, is the AEGIS KDX-III class of destroyers which has now been named the King Sejong the great Class. The first vessel, DDG-991, Sejong the Great, was launched on May 25, 2007. The South Koreans are committed to building a total of three of these vessels, and may add an additional three, for a total of six.
Utilizing the same advanced AN/SPY-1D AEGIS weapons system that the United States Navy utilizes on its Arleigh Burke class destroyers, the vessel has been enlarged to accomodate significantly more fire power than either the original Arliegh Burke class, or the follow-on Flight IIA batch of Arleigh Bure destroyers which this vessel resembles.

With a forward Mk-41 VLS launcher of 8- cells, the Sejong uses all of those cells for SM-2 Block II/III missiles for medium to long range air defense. A seperate, indegenous VLS launcher aft houses 48 cells that contains 32 indegnous Hyunmoo land attack cruise missiles (LACMs) as well as 16 K-ARSROC anti-submarine missiles. In addition the vessels mount one 30mm Goalkeeper close-in-weapon-system (CIWS) aft, and a 21 missile Rolling-Air-Frame (RAM) missile launcher forward for additional close in anti-missile defense. The vessels also carry 32 light weight topredoes and have hangar facilities for two LAMS III helicopters for anti-submarine work.

With such a weapons an sensor fit, these vessels represent the most heavily armed and military capable AEGIS vessels afloat, surpassing the Japanese Kongo and Atago class, and even surpassing the vaunted U.S. Navy Ticonderoga class cruisers in terms of shear fire power. In reality, with a full load displacement of 10,000 tons, these vessels themselves could easily be considered AEGIS cruisers themselves.
The South Korean Destroyer Experimental program (KDX) has produced three variants. The latest, and pinnacle of the program, is the AEGIS KDX-III class of destroyers which has now been named the King Sejong the great Class. The first vessel, DDG-991, Sejong the Great, was launched on May 25, 2007. The South Koreans are committed to building a total of three of these vessels, and may add an additional three, for a total of six.
Utilizing the same advanced AN/SPY-1D AEGIS weapons system that the United States Navy utilizes on its Arleigh Burke class destroyers, the vessel has been enlarged to accomodate significantly more fire power than either the original Arliegh Burke class, or the follow-on Flight IIA batch of Arleigh Bure destroyers which this vessel resembles.

With a forward Mk-41 VLS launcher of 8- cells, the Sejong uses all of those cells for SM-2 Block II/III missiles for medium to long range air defense. A seperate, indegenous VLS launcher aft houses 48 cells that contains 32 indegnous Hyunmoo land attack cruise missiles (LACMs) as well as 16 K-ARSROC anti-submarine missiles. In addition the vessels mount one 30mm Goalkeeper close-in-weapon-system (CIWS) aft, and a 21 missile Rolling-Air-Frame (RAM) missile launcher forward for additional close in anti-missile defense. The vessels also carry 32 light weight topredoes and have hangar facilities for two LAMS III helicopters for anti-submarine work.

With such a weapons an sensor fit, these vessels represent the most heavily armed and military capable AEGIS vessels afloat, surpassing the Japanese Kongo and Atago class, and even surpassing the vaunted U.S. Navy Ticonderoga class cruisers in terms of shear fire power. In reality, with a full load displacement of 10,000 tons, these vessels themselves could easily be considered AEGIS cruisers themselves.
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