AD­DI­TIONAL PRO­CURE­MENT OF THREE AEGIS SHIPS

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The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff have de­cided to pro­cure three ad­di­tional new Aegis de­stroy­ers by the mid-2020s. South Korea al­ready has three Aegis ships Se­jong­dae­wang Ham ac­quired in 2008, Yul­gok Yi Yi Ham ac­quired in 2010 and Seoae Ryu Seong Ry­ong Ham ac­quired in 2012. The govern­ment has now sanc­tioned the funds re­quired. Com­pared to the ex­ist­ing Aegis de­stroyer (KDX-III), the new ones will have loaded com­bat sys­tems used for bal­lis­tic mis­sile de­tec­tion and track­ing, and con­fig­ured with the re­quired oper­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity to of­fer im­proved de­tec­tion ca­pa­bil­ity of sub­marines and sub­mer­gence ve­hi­cles with the in­te­grated sonar sys­tem. This ac­qui­si­tion will give the South Korean Navy oper­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity to counter asym­met­ric threats from North Kore­aÕs mis­siles.

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