Posted : 2011-09-12 23:46
Updated : 2011-09-12 23:46

Dokdo warship found to be defective in its near-defense arms

An opposition lawmaker has claimed that the Dokdo warship, the largest landing platform helicopter-6111, has critical defects in its near defense arms system. It was put into operation in 2007.

"When the close in weapons system (CIWS) equipped on the stern of the warship is fired, it could shoot helicopters on the deck depending upon firing angles," said Ahn Kyu-baik, a member of the National Assembly's defense committee, Friday. CIWS aims at countering the attack of jets or missiles by enemies.

"The Navy already got to know the defects when it drew up a report on the outcome of the warship's operation in May 2008. But it did not take any basic actions except that it moved helicopters under the deck," Re. Ahn claimed.

"The critical defects have come as the Navy did not take into account the loading of helicopters when the ship was designed at the outset," the lawmaker said.

"The Navy will have to maintain its top-level power, implemening measures fundamentally, such as change of the design." Dokdo is the sole aircraft carrier-class warship in South Korea, which will play a commanding role in landing operation in emergencies.
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독도함 근접방어무기에 치명적 결함 있다

안규백 의원 "사격시 발사 각도에 따라 탑재 헬기 조준"

지난 2007년 전력화한 아시아 최대수송함인 독도함의 근접방어무기에 치명적 결함이 있다는 주장이 제기됐다.

국회 국방위원회 안규백(민주당) 의원은 9일 군으로부터 제출받은 자료를 근거로 "적 항공기나 적 유도탄에 대응하기 위해 독도함 함미에 장착된 근접방어무기체계(CIWS. 일명 골키퍼) 사격 시 발사 각도에 따라 독도함 갑판에 탑재된 아군 헬기에 총탄이 맞게 된다"고 주장했다.

안 의원은 "해군은 독도함을 전력화한 이후인 2008년 5월 전력화 결과보고서를 작성하면서 이러한 결함을 알고 있었지만 헬기를 갑판 내부로 이동시키는 것 이외에 어떠한 근본적인 조치도 취하지 않고 있다"고 말했다.

안 의원은 "유사시 상륙작전의 지휘함 역할을 하는 우리나라 유일한 항공모함급 함정인 독도함의 치명적 결함은 최초 설계 당시 헬기 탑재를 고려하지 않았기 때문이며 해군은 가능하다면 독도함 설계 변경 등 근본적인 보완 대책을 마련해 최상의 전력을 유지해야 한다"고 덧붙였다.

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