South Korea will have its own aircraft carrier. Yesterday, December 4, the portal navalnews.com He reported that after a heated debate in parliament, the project to build a CVX project ship received funding.
The total cost of the CVX project is estimated at 2 trillion won ($1.8 billion). At the same time, only 7.2 billion won ($6.1 million) was required for 2022, but they had to fight for them, as some politicians opposed the construction of an aircraft carrier. According to Shin Won Sik, a member of the National Assembly, "a light aircraft carrier does not give Korea a significant advantage in terms of military strategy and operations; the carrier will be nothing more than a "money-eating behemoth."
Visualization of the CVX project
Two Korean companies — Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering - will compete for the right to build CVX. The partner of Hyundai Heavy Industries is the British company Babcock International, which is a member of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance consortium that built the aircraft carriers Prince of Wales and Queen Elizabeth. The partner of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering is the Italian company Fincantieri, which is building the aircraft carrier L 9080 Trieste for the Italian Navy.
The prospective ship will have a displacement of about 30,000 tons. The CVX air Wing will include 16 F-35B fighters, as well as helicopters. The design of the aircraft carrier will begin next year, it will be able to enter service with the fleet in 2033.