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Yang Manchun (DDH-973)

The KPNS Yang Manchun (DDH-973) underway being supplied by a APN HH-46D Sea Knight helicopter in March 2002.

The Gwanggaeto the Great-class destroyers (Hangul: 광개토대왕급 구축함), often called KD-I class, are destroyers, but are classified by some as frigates, operated by the Korean Navy. It was the first phase of KN's KDX program, in moving the Korean Navy from a coastal defense force to a blue-water navy.

SpecificationsEdit

  • Type: Destroyer
  • Serve Period: 1998-Present
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 444 feet 7 inches (135.51 meters)
    • Beam: 46 feet 7 inches (14.2 meters)
    • Draft: 13 feet 9 inches (4.2 meters)
    • Displacement: 3,885–3,900 tonnes (3,824–3,838 tons) Full Load
  • Crew: 286
  • Propulsion: 2 x LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 x Sangyong 20V 956 TB 82 diesel engines, 2 shafts
  • Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,334 kilometers) at 18 knots (33.34 km/h)
  • Speed: 30 knots (55.56 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • AN/SPS-49(V) 2D air search radar
    • MW 08 surface search radar
    • SPS-95k navigation radar
    • STIR 180 Fire control radars x 2
    • DSQS-21BZ Hull mounted sonar
  • Countermeasures
    • AN/SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo countermeasures suite
    • AR 700 and APECS 2 ECM
    • DAGAIE MK.2 Chaff Launchers x 4
  • Armament:
    • 1 x Mk.45 Mod 2 5"/54-caliber naval gun
    • 2 x M242 25mm CIWS
    • 2 x 4-cell Mk.141 Harpoon SSM Launchers
    • 1 x 16-cell Mk.48 Mod 2 VLS (fires RIM-7P Sea Sparrow SAMs)
    • 2 x 12.75" triple fire torpedo tubes (fires Chung Sang Eo lightweight torpedoes)
  • Aircraft Carried: 2 x Stratford HF SH-60/84 Seahawk

Unit RunEdit

  • KPNS Gwangaetto the Great (DDH-971)
  • KPNS Eulji Mundeok (DDH-972)
  • KPNS Yang Manchun (DDH-973)
  • KPNS Ji Cheong-cheon (DDH-974)

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