Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC)'s Yeongdo Shipyard has won an order for four PKX-Bs (Patrol Killer eXperimental), proving its unique competitiveness in the special ship line field.
HHIC announced that it has won an order worth of 274.1 billion won for the four PXX-B destroyers (No. 9~12) to be used by the Navy from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration and signed a contract to build the patrol killers on Nov. 13.
Since 2014, the company has achieved a splendid achievement of winning a total of 12 orders worth 800 billion won for the PXX-Bs No. 1~12. Analysts say that the HHIC once again showed off its unique technological prowess in South Korea's high-speed boats and special ships.
HHIC was selected as a shipbuilder for a guide ship in 2014, followed by three additional follow-on ships in 2016, and four more ships in 2017 and they are under construction at the Yeongdo Shipyard.
The project is a 200-ton high-speed patrol killer project to replace the Navy's Chamsuri patrol killer, which was the main winner of the first and second consecutive Yeonpyeong naval battles in 1999 and 2002.
HHIC official said, "The reason why we have been selected as the builder of 12 patrol killers is because we have been built our own technology in the field of small and medium-sized warships and high-speed vessels."