WDS 2022: HHI Unveils HDF-3800SA Frigate for Royal Saudi Navy
HHI participates in the ‘World Defense Show 2022’ held at the WDS venue in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for 4 days from March 6 to 9. HHI is showcasing its 10 models of naval vessels, including HDF-3800SA and fast attack craft to target the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) naval defense market.
WDS is the international defense exhibition, held for the first time this year, where 600 defense companies from around the world are exhibiting their latest products.
The HDF-3800SA, unveiled by HHI at WDS 2022, has a length of 120 meters, a beam of 15 meters and a displacement of 3,800 tons. The frigate is capable of Anti-Air, Anti-Surface, Anti-Submarine and Electronic Warfare missions. In addition, in order to meet localization requirements, HHI is planning to build part of the vessel at IMI, a local shipbuilding partner in Saudi Arabia.
The HDF-3800SA design is based on the FFX Batch II (Daegu-class) frigate currently in service with the Republic of Korea (RoK) Navy. Design improvements include the Hi-Bow hull form, exclusively designed by the Hyundai Marine Research Institute. The frigate is configured with a Korean combat system suite.
MoU between HHI and International Maritime Industries (IMI)
HHI and IMI signed an MOU extension for joint-participating into the Saudi naval ship business. This MOU extension signing ceremony was held at the joint booth of HHI-IMI in the WDS exhibition hall, in the presence of Dr. Abdullah Alahmari, President and CEO of IMI.
HHI’s Executive Vice President, Mr. Moonyoung Park said:
“We will continuously develop state-of-the-art naval vessels that can pave the way for the future defense market in the Middle East beyond the Saudi by actively utilizing the needs of the international navies and our shipbuilding technology.”
Meanwhile, HHI has recently been concentrating its capabilities on overseas naval market, signing contract for two 3,100 ton-class corvettes for the Philippine Navy last year, and unveiled a standard ship model for OPV (HDP-1500Neo) at the International Maritime Defense Industry Exhibition (MADEX) 2021.
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