KUALA LUMPUR: As the army contemplates the fact that it has to continue using the Steyrs for the foreseeable future as the economic crisis had dashed its plans to purchase more M4s, South Korea is set to produce its Airfield Rifle. I know it looked clumsy but its certainly make a good impression.
We had the chance to develop our own small arms industry but these dreams were dashed by greedy minds and hopeless meandering. And now the army and the armed forces stand on the brink with no solution in sight. Sigh. Lets hope our friends stay friendly….
The K11 “multiple purpose” rifle developed by the state-funded Agency for Defense Development (ADD) will be produced by S&T Dawoo and deployed in the field late this year, it said in a news release.
The plan was approved by DAPA’s supreme decision-making body presided over by Defense Minister Lee Sang-hee, it said.
“South Korea has become the first nation in the world to operate a battle rifle using precision-guided high-explosive airbursting projectiles,” said the release. “The K11 is expected to be a key defense export item, as well as help boost the South Korean military’s operational capability to an extent.”
The K11, modeling the U.S. XM29 Objective Individual Combat Weapon, whose development was canceled in 2004, consists of a semi-automatic 20mm smart grenade launcher, an underslung assault carbine firing a standard 5.56mm NATO round, and a top-mounted computer-assisted sighting system with integrated laser rangefinder, and thermal infrared night vision capabilities, according to ADD officials.
Under a self-detonation system, the 20mm round from the rifle can trace its target and explode three to four meters above it, and it is also capable of penetrating walls of buildings, they said.
The weapon has an effective range of 460 to 500 meters. The per-unit price is about 16 million won ($11,800).
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