South Korean HMG for RMN

SHAH ALAM: South Korean HMG for RMN. It appears that the RMN has bought an unknown number of South Korean S&T Motiv K6 12.7 mm heavy machine guns. This is based on an advertisement for a multi modal transport operator to ship a container load of the guns from Incheon, South Korea to Malaysia, last May. The tender was awarded to Malaysian Shipping Agencies Sdn Bhd.

The FN Herstal 12.7mm heavy machine gun as fitted on the RMN Super Lynx. This is definitely an FN made gun as I saw the markings.

It is likely that the guns have already arrived here as a Google search showed that on average a cargo ship takes two weeks to sail from South Korea to Malaysia. It must be noted that the advertisement did not state the type of the HMG apart from it being a 12.7mm one so as S&T Motiv only make one type of the HMG, I am assuming it must be the K6.

S&T Motiv K6 12.7mm HMG.

The RMN uses the HMG on various ships as a point defence weapon as well as on the Super Lynx in surface warfare operations. The one of the Super Lynx is made by FN Herstal though. The K6 is basically the M2 Browning HMG also manufactured by various companies all over the world. Most the 12.7mm HMG used by the Armed Forces are those manufactured by FN Herstal of Belgium and Manroy PLC of the UK (now owned by FN Herstal).

S&T Motiv K6 HMG.

RMN is the only branch of the service which has sometimes deviated from buying from the usual suppliers. It has purchased the Vektor SS-77 machine guns from South Africa in mid-2000s though it has more FN MAG machine gun in service apparently. And now it appears that it is supplementing the FN M2 Brownings with the K6 HMG as well.

A Daewoo M60 mounted on a MIFV together with an 12.7mm HMG. The MIFV is from 14th RMR.

Anyhow this is maybe the latest weapons acquisition from South Korea in a while. In the 90s, when we bought the KIFV, they were equipped with the Daewoo M60 (Daewoo is now S&T Motiv) though I am not sure whether the HMG is also South Korean made one.

We also bought the M40 106mm recoiless rifles from Spain when we bought the KIA jeeps in the 1990s.

10th Para Brigade support company firing the M40 RR in an exercise recently.

The KIA jeeps are all retired now togeither with most of the recoiless rifles with the exception of the Support Company of 10th Para Brigade. Of course, the navy also operated two training ships, KD Gagah Samudera and KD Teguh Samudera, the design of which came from DSME of South Korea.

Army 12.7mm HMG mounted on Vamtac weapon vehicles of 10th Para Brigade. Both are likley manufactured by Manroy or FN Herstal.

— Malaysian Defence

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