SEASNavy engineering control system (ECS) has been delivered to the Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN) first of eight Daegu-class frigates (FFX-II), Fincantieri said.
The ECS — a suite of software subsystems for the integrated platform management — has been delivered by Seastema, a Fincantieri company specialized in integrated automation and control systems, in partnership with the Korean system integrator Hanwha Systems acting as main contractor.
Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, the frigate, ROKS Daegu, was received by RoKN earlier this year. Daegu is expected to become operational in the second half of 2018.
FFX-II is the first South Korean warship to be fitted with a CODLOG integrated gas turbine and electric propulsion. This complex propulsion arrangement is controlled by the advanced propulsion control system supplied by Hanwha Systems and Seastema and based on SEASNavy ECS platform.
“This project was particularly challenging for DSME because of the new complex propulsion configuration and other innovative solutions. Thanks to the local commitment of Hanwha Systems, the professionality and competence of Seastema’s engineers and its mother company and the high quality of the product, the project was carried on without problems and within the scheduled milestones,” YOO Kyung Nam, chief engineer of DSME commented.
“Furthermore, the short time required for the setting to work and testing of the ECS system helped the shipyard and equipment manufacture in their commissioning and tuning activities,” he added.