South Korean K16 7.62mm Caliber Machine Gun Officially Entered Service
The South Korean Armed Forces started changing the decades-old Okay-3 and M60 general-purpose machine weapons. South Korean broadcaster Arirang reported that South Korea on December 15 began deploying new locally-developed 7.62 mm-caliber machine weapons to the Republic of Korea Military (ROKA) underneath a undertaking to switch the present decades-old tools and reinforce fight capabilities. SNT Motiv Co., an area protection agency, developed the Okay-16, whereas the thermal scope is equipped by Eo System Co. underneath the procurement undertaking estimated at 124.2 billion gained ($104.7 million). The Okay-16 machine gun is mounted with a thermal imaging scope that mixes a compact thermographic digital camera and an aiming reticle. It is usually geared up with handles to facilitate the simpler alternate of gun barrels and scale back recoil.
In accordance with the South Korean Protection Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the weapon has been designed with vital energy, vary, and reliability enhancement to assist mechanized models throughout shut fight. The brand new 7.62 mm-caliber machine gun can hit targets at a distance of a couple of kilometer (0.6 miles), round 30 % farther than the Okay-3 mild machine gun. The Okay-16 additionally reportedly boasts harmful energy practically double that of the Okay-3. K16’s fundamental mannequin can be utilized to suppress massed troops throughout shut fight. The K16E coaxial mannequin is operated to assist the shut fight of mechanized models. A coaxial machine gun is fitted to a coaxial mount as a secondary weapon moreover a car’s predominant weapon. The K16D mannequin is mounted on tanks, armored automobiles, helicopters, and ships.
SNT Motiv Co., Ltd (previously S&T Motiv and beforehand Daewoo Precision Industries/S&T Daewoo) is a South Korean firearms and auto components producer based in 1981. Its firearms equip most frontline models of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces. Daewoo Precision Industries Co., Ltd was established in December 1981 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daewoo to fabricate small arms and upright/grand pianos underneath the Sojin and Daewoo manufacturers. Following the collapse of Daewoo, the corporate was spun off in February 2002 and relisted on the Korean inventory market in March 2002. The vast majority of its shares had been bought by S&T Holdings in June 2006 and it was renamed S&T Daewoo Co., Ltd in September 2006. In March 2012 the corporate was renamed S&T Motiv Co., Ltd. In DX Korea 2018, the corporate introduced the event of a 9mm revolver primarily based on necessities for Korean regulation enforcement companies and an AR-10-type rifle for a possible Korean navy contract. In February 2021, S&T Motiv modified its title to SNT Motiv.
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