|Builders:||Korea Takoma Shipyard|
|Operators:||Republic of Korea Navy|
|Preceded by:||Cosmos class|
|Succeeded by:||Chang Bogo class|
|Displacement:||175 tonnes (172 long tons) full load|
|Length:||25 m (82 ft 0 in)|
|Beam:||2.1 m (6 ft 11 in)|
|Speed:||16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)|
|Armament:||2 × 406mm torpedo tubes|
These midget submarines were the first South Korean submarines of any type. They were acquired primarily to obtain initial experience with the basics of operating a submarine force. The secondary mission to train surface ASW ships in the detection of North Korean midget submarines.
With the Type 209 project completed there is no need for these submarines.
In November 2011, South Korea unveiled plans for a new mini-sub designated KSS-500A. In September 2015, Janes reported that Hyundai Heavy Industries started construction of a single 40 m long HDS-400 mini submarine for an unnamed naval customer.
Ships in the class
|ROKS SSM-051||Korea Takoma Shipyard||2 April 1982||2003||Retired|
|ROKS SSM-052||Korea Takoma Shipyard||1990||2016||Retired|
|ROKS SSM-053||Korea Takoma Shipyard||1991||2016||Retired|
- The information in this article is based on that in its Korean equivalent.
- "S. Korean Navy's first-generation submarines decommissioned". 30 June 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
- Rahmat, Ridzwan (24 Sep 2015). "Hyundai begins construction of mini-submarine for undisclosed customer". Retrieved 8 Oct 2015.