Dokdo Class Helicopter By South Korea: Trials Begin

South Korea has started ocean preliminaries for its second Dokdo-class helicopter transporter The land and/or water capable vessel is on track to be conveyed by end-2020.

The Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) second Dokdo-class helicopter transporter, which will be referred to in administration as ROKS Marado (6112) when dispatched, has started its first ocean preliminaries.

The vessel, which was ritualistically propelled in May 2018, started its ocean preliminaries on 20 May, an industry source nearer to the issue has affirmed with Jane’s.

Marado is a 199 m long landing stage helicopter (LPH) transport that has been built by South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC). The ship dislodges 14,500 tons and highlights a ‘through-deck’ flight activities region with five landing spots.

It has conveying limit with regards to up to 10 UH-60 helicopters, around 700 set out troops, and 10 fundamental fight tanks (MBTs) and related help vehicles. These troops and vehicles can be conveyed on-shore by means of two landings create air pads (LCACs) from its stern well deck.

While like its first-of-class sister transport, RoKS Dokdo (6111), regarding stage structure, Marado has been fitted with an alternate suite of sensors and weapons. These distinctions incorporate the ELM-2248 (MF-STAR) multifunction reconnaissance radar from Israeli barrier firm ELTA Systems instead of the SMART-L multibeam radar from Thales.

South Korea has likewise chosen the SPS-550K three-dimensional air and surface reconnaissance radar from neighbourhood organization LIG Nex1, instead of the Thales MW08 observation radar found on the first-of-class.