An artist rendering of South Korea’s new Chamsuri-211 fast patrol boat
NavyRecognition is reporting the South Korean Navy will be getting the first of a new class of Patrol Craft in late 2017. It is a bit smaller than the Webber class at 44 meters in length and 210 tons. It is designed specifically to counter North Korean Hovercraft. It is armed with a 76 mm gun and a pair of remotely operated, radar controlled 12.7mm (.50 cal.) machine guns. The unusual weapon seen on the stern is a launcher for 130mm (5.1″) guided rockets (apparently twelve) . (I suspect these are actually guided versions of the 5″ Zuni rocket, much like the APKWS is a guided version of the Hydra rocket. )
The vessels is expected to have a max speed of about 40 knot and will apparently be powered by waterjets. I don’t see any boat on the artist impression above.
considering the ROK-N rates this as a PC, I would say its a good design. But given the design features, helo deck, weapons and sensors, in many navies it would be a corvette or frigate AND a very decent one at that.
That they might be lacking a boat to launch is peculiar? But it is afte rall a anti-FIAC ship.
If the Koreans produce these in numbers, I would expect some foreign sales (like the PI?).
HJSC Launches 4 New PKMR Boats For The ROK Navy https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2022/05/hjsc-launches-4-new-pkmr-boats-for-the-rok-navy/
These are the last of the Batch I boats. They will be followed by a second improved batch