Korea – Sohn Wonyil Class Pilot Training Equipment Developed with Domestic Technology

The pilot training equipment for the top-of-the-line 1,800-ton Sohn Wonyil-class submarine crew to further improve their piloting capability was developed with domestic technology. This will lead the Navy to expect to further strengthen its submarine warfare capabilities.

Source: MND, Republic of Korea

“After more than four years of hard work, we had developed with domestic technology the pilot training equipment for the Sohn Wonyil class submarine such as the hardware and software for the submarine and delivered them to the Navy,” said the state-run Defense Acquisition Program Administration on April 9.

The development of the pilot training equipment for submarines requires a high level of technical skills, because the operational environment in which the equipment is used must be the same as that of actual warfare.

For this reason, technologically advanced countries either refused to transfer the development technology to us or demanded heavy royalties of technology transfer.

As a result of this, for example, most of the countries that purchased German submarines have operated German-manufactured training equipment.

In that sense, this newly equipment means so much to us in that the equipment has been developed for the Navy to be able to conduct exercises when it is impossible to do on a real submarine or to improve its capability to take emergency action as well as to pilot submarines.

We expect that this development will cause various benefits. For example, it makes a level of safety higher because we can carry out the exercise on land rather than in the water.

In addition, we can reduce operating costs for submarines by $4.5 billion and export the equipment.

Since 2004 when the Navy built a drill field in which various exercises are conducted in a real warfare environment made by computer graphics and simulations, it has developed the ability to pilot submarines in any weather.

It also currently constructs a comprehensive maritime training center, scheduled to be completed next year within the Second Fleet site in Pyeongtaek, to enhance its anti-submarine operations capabilities.

The training center comprises an anti-submarine operations exercise section and a submarine piloting skills one. The anti-submarine training section was designed to further boost the ability to locate and identify submarines and to operate anti-submarine weapons.

The other training center is aimed at reinforcing the piloting skills to overcome the complicated waterways and bad weather conditions of the West Sea.

Ministry of National Defense[MND], Republic of Korea