Thales C4I Defence and Security Systems and Samsung Thales Ltd Co have been selected by the German submarine shipbuilder Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft GmbH (part of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AG) to provides X-band SATCOM satellite communication terminals for the 1.800 Tonnes U214 AIP powered submarines to be delivered to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) as part of the KSS II Batch 2 programme.

The contract for the procurement of 6 submarines was signed in December 2008 between Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft GmbH, MarineForce International LLP and South Korean procurement agency DAPA (Defense Acquisition Program Administration). The first vessel will be built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Ltd Co.

The new submarines will be almost identical to the three U214 1700 Tonnes boats, which were ordered in 2000 and built by Hyundai Heavy Industries Ltd Co.

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