ARLINGTON, Va., March 21 (UPI) -- The first South Korean Incheon-class frigate will feature a hybrid electric drive propulsion system from Virginia-headquartered DRS Technologies Inc.
DRS said the HED system is being designed and built for the frigate under a $9 million contract given to DRS' Maritime and Combat Support Systems group by South Korea's Hyosung Corp.
The ship set, which includes the system's magnetic motors and associated motor drives, will be delivered next year.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for DRS to become a primary player in marine hybrid drive systems and to continue to expand our products into international markets," said Roger Sexauer, president of the DRS Maritime and Combat Support Systems Group. "The Korean shipbuilding industry is one of the strongest in the world and we are thrilled to now be a part of it."
The South Korean Navy's future Incheon-class frigates are coastal defense frigates for patrol, anti-submarine warfare and transport support. The first is being built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and will include a DRS HED system.
As many as eight Incheon-class frigates are to be built.