The Korean frigate KPNS Chongjin (FFG-811) at sea on June 26th, 2013.

The Chongjin-class frigates (Hangul: 인천급 호위함, Hanja: 仁川級護衛艦), also known as Future Frigate eXperimental or FFX during development, are a class of twenty-four ocean going frigates being built for the Korean Navy. The Chongjin-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.

Specifications[edit | edit source]

  • Type: Multirole Patrol Frigate
  • Service Period: 2013-Present
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 441 feet 6 inches (134.57 meters)
    • Beam: 50 feet (15.24 meters)
    • Draft: 17 feet (5.18 meters)
    • Displacement: 3,851 tons (Standard); 5,443 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 235
  • Propulsion: CODOG, 2 x LM2500 gas turbines, 2 x diesel engines, 2 x shafts
  • Range: 8,000 nautical miles (14,816 kilometers) at 18 knots (33.34 km/h)
  • Speed: 30 knots (55.56 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • SPS-550K Air/Surface Search Radar
    • AN/SPG-62 fire control radar
    • DSQS-21BZ hull mounted sonar
    • MTeQ towed array sonar system
    • Sagem Infrared Search & Track (IRST) system
    • Naval Shield Integrated Combat Management System
  • Countermeasures:
    • LIG Nex1 SLQ-200(V)K Sonata electronic warfare suite
    • KDAGAIE Mk2 decoy
  • Armament:
    • 1 x 5"/62-caliber Mk.45 Mod 4 lightweight naval gun
    • 2 x 16-cell Mk.56 VLS (fires RIM-162 ESSM AAMs)
    • 2 x Mk.141 Launchers (fires SSM-700K Hae Sung AShMs or Hyunmoo-3 cruise missiles)
    • 2 x 12.75" Mk.32 triple torpedo tubes (fires K745 LW Blue Shark torpedoes)
    • 1 x Mk.49 Missile Launcher (fires RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missiles)
    • 1 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS
  • Aircraft Carried: 1 x SH-60/84 maritime helicopter
  • Aviation Facilities: Flight deck and enclosed hangar for up to one medium-lift helicopter

Unit Run[edit | edit source]

  • KPNS Chongjin (FFG-811)
  • KPNS Gyeonggi (FFG-812)
  • KPNS Jeonbuk (FFG-813)
  • KPNS Incheon (FFG-814)
  • KPNS Gangwon (FFG-815)
  • KPNS Chungbuk (FFG-816)

See Also[edit | edit source]

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