Stirling Dynamics Ltd have been contracted by Khan Co., Ltd (KHAN) to support the development of a Steering & Diving Control Console (S&DC) which will be integrated into the Republic of Korea Navy’s first indigenous submarine, the KSS-III Class. A total of nine, three thousand ton advanced conventional attack submarines are expected to be built with the first of Class entering service around 2021. The boats will be built by two Korean shipyards, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and Hyundai Heavy Industries.
The Steering & Diving Control Console will be built by KHAN, a world leading Engineering and Commissioning company in the offshore oil and gas sector, based in Geoje-si near Busan, South Korea. The Steering & Diving Control Console integrates data received from its internal instrumentation with information received from other submarine control systems and sensors to provide a single operator with precise course, depth and propulsion control. Stirling will provide KHAN with technical design, integration and systems engineering support during the design, build, test and integration of the Steering & Diving Control Console into the submarine. Stirling will also be providing the autopilot software which, in addition to course and depth control, will include out of trim estimation, submarine forward prediction, automatic trim control, noise reduction mode and warnings and alarms.
Stirling was chosen by KHAN for its long-standing involvement in previous South Korean submarine programmes along with its pedigree of delivering the most modern, state-of-the-art and supportable autopilots for some of the world’s most advanced submarines. On the contract, Stephen Judd, Stirling Managing Director commented: “This is a very significant contract award for our marine business. It underlines Stirling’s world-leading expertise in submarine platform control and our commitment to operate globally. I am delighted that KHAN have selected Stirling as their long-term partner of choice for such a high profile and technically-advanced programme, the Jangbogo III Class submarines. We look forward to working with our partners to deliver a world-class solution for the Republic of Korea Navy.”