South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has signed a contract with local shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) for the construction of four high-speed hovercraft landing ships (LSF-II) for the Republic of Korea Navy.
The contract is valued at KRW 310 billion (USD 260.1 million).
The 90-ton air cushion vehicle newbuilds will be capable of sailing at speeds of up to 40 knots and will be operated by five crew members, according to DAPA.
At its Youngdo shipyard, Hanjin is currently building two high-speed hovercraft landing ships for the navy under a KRW 152.4 billion contract inked in 2016.
Back in 2007, the shipbuilder delivered the first two units of this auxiliary vessel type to the Korean Navy.
Naval Today Staff