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Survivability Standards and Korea and Japan


CLEARANCE: Confidential
Jul 29, 2018
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The Koreans and Japanese (not to mention the Chinese) are able to churn out warships by the dozen more cheaply than what the US yards can. The 30DX and Daegu frigates, especially come to mind compared to the FFG(X).

Most people attribute to this to Koreans and Japanese building to commercial specifications. I can't find a particular source on this. I was wondering if anyone might have any insight to this. I figured that these nations would get cost savings from the economy of scale of having a ship building industry, but for American shipbuilding the steel is often cited as one of cheapest things. Is it just a matter of accounting with the electronics not being counted?