Babcock bags contract to supply South Korean Navy with submarine weapons system

Babcock has been awarded a contract for additional work on the South Korean Navy’s submarine programme.

The seven-year contract, awarded by Hanwha Ocean, is to manufacture and install the weapons handling launch system (WHLS) on Boat 6 of the Jangbogo-III class boat.

Boat 6, namely ‘Jangbogo-III Batch-II Boat 3’, along with the rest of the class, will use our proven air turbine pump and programmable firing valve launch system.

Key elements of the WHLS will be designed and produced in the UK, with the remainder built under licence in South Korea.

Babcock has been involved with the Jangbogo-III programme since 2011 and is currently more than halfway through delivering hardware for Boat 4, having completed all 217 milestones on time or early across the contracts.

Notably, the contract award is the latest example of our growing international collaboration with Hanwha Ocean.

Earlier this month Sir Nick Hine, Babcock’s Managing Director for AUKUS and International, visited Hanwha Ocean to discuss ways we could work as a team in the global submarine market.