Verdict’s in: Aegis Passes KDX-III Trials
South Korea’s second KDX-III destroyer successfully completes exercises
to test Aegis Combat System
For the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN), it’s two down and one to go.
The ROKN recently successfully completed a series of trials of the Aegis Combat System for the second of its three KDX-III guided missile destroyers – the Yulgok Yi I’s (DDG-992). Working with the U.S. Navy and Aegis developer Lockheed Martin, the Yulgok Yi I conducted at-sea Combat System Ship Qualification Trials at the Pacific Missile Range off the Hawaiian Islands.
"These trials prove that Yulgok Yi I’s Aegis Combat System, ship and crew are fully ready for operational deployment," said Doug Wilhelm, director of international programs at Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems & Sensors business unit. "This ship will be a significant addition to the air defense, anti-submarine, anti-surface and self-defense capabilities of the ROK Navy.”
Commissioned in 2010, the Yulgok Yi I successfully completed surface, sub-surface and anti-air warfare exercises to evaluate Aegis’ combat readiness during the trials. The anti-air warfare exercises included manned aircraft raids, electronic attack scenarios and live Standard Missile-2 and rolling airframe missile air defense engagements.
The KDX-III destroyers measure 544 feet (165.9 meters) long, with a standard displacement of 8,500 tons, making them the largest ships using Aegis. In addition to the Aegis system, the KDX-III destroyers also feature Lockheed Martin’s SPY-1 radar and MK 41 Vertical Launching System.
South Korea launched the KDX-III program in 2004 to bolster its defense against North Korea. The first ship of the Sejong the Great ship class, was commissioned in 2008 and is now on its first deployment.
Currently, there are more than 100 ships equipped with the Aegis system deployed around the world. In addition to the U.S. and South Korea, the Australian, Japanese, Norwegian and Spanish navies also use Aegis – the world’s premier surface defense system.
Aegis-equipped ships have more than 1,200 years of at-sea operational experience and have launched more than 3,800 missiles in tests and real-world operations.
Posted on June 22, 2012