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Babcock Awarded Contract to Supply South Korean Navy with Weapons Handling Launch System

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Babcock Awarded Contract to Supply South Korean Navy with Weapons Handling Launch System

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Babcock Awarded Contract to Supply South Korean Navy with Weapons Handling Launch System
Babcock Awarded Contract to Supply South Korean Navy with Weapons Handling Launch 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.

Neal Misell Chief Executive, Mission Systems, Babcock said: “Babcock is a world leader in weapons handling and launch systems – and we are delighted to have been awarded this contract to continue our work on the Jangbogo-III class submarine programme. In an increasingly complex geopolitical climate, defence customers want products and services which are affordable, capable and available. Babcock’s air turbine pump system successfully satisfies these requirements and our team’s top quality reputation is reflected by its delivery of all major Jangbogo-III milestones on time or early.”

Neal Misell chief executive for mission systems at Babcock (left) and Hanwha Ocean representative (right) sign contract for the weapon handling launch system.
Neal Misell chief executive for mission systems at Babcock (left) and Hanwha Ocean representative (right) sign contract for the weapon handling launch system. (Photo by Babcock)

Babcock is an expert in Weapon Handling and Launch Systems (WHLS). The systems are found on UK, Canadian and Australian submarines – with current projects under way for Spanish and South Korean submarines. Babcock is the Delegated Design Authority for Weapon Handling and Launch Systems on all classes of UK submarines. The company have provided modern Air Turbine Pump (ATP) based systems on the UK’s Astute Submarine, for Spanish S-80 and the South Korean Jangbogo-III classes. Babcock has also supplied Launch systems on the Collins Class in Australia, the Victoria Class in Canada, as well as the Royal Navy Swiftsure, Trafalgar and Vanguard classes.

Babcock patented air turbine pump offers several advantages. It is compact and highly efficient as it uses less firing air, meaning the system is quiet and has lower maintenance requirements than other handling and launch systems. The contract award is the latest example of 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. Babcock International Group plc is a British aerospace, defence and nuclear engineering services company based in London, England. It specialises in managing complex assets and infrastructure.

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