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Incheon-class Guided Missile Frigate

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ROKS Incheon (FFG-811) at sea.
The Incheon-class frigates (Hangul: 인천급 호위함), also known as Future Frigate eXperimental or FFX during development, are coastal defense frigates of the Republic of Korea Navy. The lead ship was launched on April 29, 2011. The Incheon-class frigates will replace the aging fleet of Pohang-class corvettes and Ulsan-class frigates, and take over multi-role operations such as coast patrol, anti-submarine warfare and transport support. Later batches are planned to be specialized on anti-air and anti-submarine warfare. A variant of the Incheon-class was reportedly being offered by an unnamed South Korean defense manufacturer to the Philippines' Department of National Defense for their requirement of two new frigates.

Specifications[edit]

  • Type: Guided Missile Frigate (Hull designation symbol FFG)
  • Service Period; 2013-
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 374 feet (114 meters)
    • Beam: 46 feet (14.02 meters)
    • Draft: 13 feet (3.96 meters)
    • Displacement: 2,536 tons (Standard); 3,584 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 140
  • Cruising Speed: 18 knots (33.34 km/h)
  • Maximum Speed: 30 knots (55.56 km/h)
  • Propulsion: CODOG, 2 x MTU 20V 956 TB92 diesel engines, 2 x General Electric LM2500 gas turbines
  • Range: 5,000 miles (8,046.7 kilometers)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Smart-S Mk2 search radar
    • Samsung Thales Naval Shield Integrated Combat Management System
  • Countermeasures:
    • LIG Nex1 AN/SLQ-200(V)K Sonata electronic warfare suite
    • KDAGAIE Mk.2 decoys
  • Armament:
    • 1 x 5"/62-caliber Mk.45 Mod 4 lightweight naval gun
    • 8 x Hae Sung Anti-Ship Missiles
    • 4 x Hyunmoo-3 Cruise Missiles
    • 2 x triple fire torpedo tubes (fires K745 LW Blue Shark torpedoes)
    • 1 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS
    • 1 x 21-cell Mk.49 RAM CIWS
  • Aircraft Carried: 1 x Westland Lynx or SH-60 Seahawk
  • Aviation Facilities: Flight deck and enclosed hangar for up to one medium-lift helicopter

Unit Run[edit]

  • ROKS Incheon (FFG-811)
  • ROKS Gyeonggi (FFG-812)
  • ROKS Jeonbuk (FFG-813)
  • ROKS Gangwon (FFG-815)
  • ROKS Chungbuk (FFG-816)
  • ROKS Gwangu (FFG-817)
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