Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering launched a submarine on October 24 at its Okpo Shipyard located in Geoje Island. It is the second of the three submarines the Ministry of Defense of Indonesia requested the company to build five years ago. The total contract amount is approximately US$1.1 billion.
The submarine launched at this time has a total length of 61 meters and is capable of covering a distance of 18,520 kilometers without stopping at a port with 40 persons in it. This distance is equivalent to twice that between the Port of Busan and the Port of Los Angeles.
It is excellent in underwater navigation as well, which is essential for every diesel submarine. Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s technological strength in the field of submarine construction is regarded as being at a higher level than those of Germany, France and Russia.
At present, the company is working on the last one of the three, too. An Indonesian shipbuilder is scheduled to join the finishing works. The three submarines are slated to be delivered between March next year and 2018. Then, the submarines are to remain in operation for at least three decades.