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Posted : 2012-07-23 15:26
Updated : 2012-07-23 15:26

Korea set to resume production of K-11 assault rifles

Korea's state procurement agency said Monday it has fixed defects that caused its K-11 assault rifles to explode in a test last year and will resume its production as early as later this month.

The Defense Acquisition Procurement Agency (DAPA) said a task force team has modified designs of the hybrid assault rifles and improved the shooting control system to upgrade the older models, which exploded during a function test in October last year.

The K-11 rifles, jointly developed by S&T Daewoo and the Agency for Defense Development, were first distributed to Korean troops in May 2010. But the defense ministry halted their use due to high defection rates.

The Korean-made hybrid rifles use 5.56 mm rounds and can also fire a 20 mm airburst projectile to attack targets hidden behind buildings or walls.

The DAPA said it will resume arms production as soon as the Army decides to adopt the rifles on the battlefield after the ongoing test is completed later this month. (Yonhap)

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