outh Korean defense contractor Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has succeeded in producing the nation’s first integrated combat system, which serves as the brain of attack submarines. The integrated combat system detects, tracks and identify targets and help accurately evaluate tactical and operational situations.
DSME announced on November 21 that it has succeeded in localizing the integrated combat management system for submarines in cooperation with LIG Nex1 Corp. and the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). Until now, the company has used German technology.
The nation’s first combat system will be embedded in the Chang Bogo I-class submarine, the nation’s first attack submarine built in the 1990s. DSME won a 180 billion won (US$152.67 million) project to improve the performance of three Chang Bogo I-class submarines in 2014. The main part of the project is to establish the integrated combat management system which had been designed until June last year. DSME will not only replace old equipment and systems but also upgrade the submarines to the latest specification.
The new combat system for the Chang Bogo I-class submarine, which successfully passed the performance verification test, will be mounted in the first ship in March next year, and be delivered to the Republic of Korea Navy at the end of next year after development and operation test and evaluation. DSME plans to finish the project by 2018 and apply the new integrated combat management system to new submarines to be developed in the future.