South Korea put into service the
its first (of three) Aegis equipped destroyers. "Sejong The Great." This
is a KDX-III (Korean Destroyer Experimental) class guided missile destroyer. It
was preceded by the 3,900 ton KDX-I in 1998, and the 5,500 ton KDX-II in 2002.
The 9,900 ton KDX-IIIs are approximately the same size as the U.S. Navys
Arleigh Burke lass guided missile destroyer. Actually, the KDX III is a little
larger than the Burkes, and have 128 VLS cells for missiles, compared to 96 on
the Burkes. The KDX can also carry two helicopters.
is the first Korean ship large enough to carry the AEGIS system, and may get
anti-missile upgrade (which some Japanese Aegis ships have). Built in South
Korea, the KDX IIIs cost about $900 million each. All three KDX IIIs should be
in service by 2012.