Daewoo K3

The Daewoo K3 Light Machine Gun was the third indigenous firearm developed in South Korea, following the K1A and K2. The K3 is inspired by the FN Minimi and the United States-issued M249 Squad Automatic Weapon.The K3 is a light machine gun resembling the FN Minimi and uses a standard 5.56 mm NATO cartridge. Its greatest advantage is that it is lighter than the M60 and can interchange cartridges with both the K1A and K2. The feed can come from either a 30-round box magazine or a 250-round metal link belt. It can be used with a bipod for the Squad Automatic role, and fitted with a tripod for sustained fire support.The rear sight is adjustable for elevation and windage, and the foresight can be adjusted for elevation for zeroing. The barrel has a built-in carry handle for ease of changing the barrel. The action is gas piston driven, with a rotating bolt.A controversy broke out 2007 in the Philippines when the country\'s Armed Forces initially selected the FN Minimi rather than picking the K3 or the 5.56 mm Ultimax from Singapore. The AFP\'s Modernization Program was attacked for showing favoritism towards a Western firearms company over Asian arms manufacturers. Ultimately, 2000 K3s were acquired by the Philippine Army for their SAW requirement. They, and 150 newly delivered Kia KM450 trucks, were first shown in public in February 18, 2008.

Daewoo K3
Class Manportable
Type Machine Guns
Manufacturer Daewoo
Origin South Korea
Country Name Origin Year
South Korea 1988
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Afghanistan 2001 2014 View
Colombia 1964 View
Iraq 1990 1991 View
Iraq 2003 2011 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Daewoo 1988 View
S&T Motiv 1988 View

Type Light machine gun
Place of origin South Korea
Service history
In service 1989–present
Used by Colombia, Fiji, Guatemala, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Philippines
Wars Colombian conflict

Persian Gulf War

War in Afghanistan

Iraq War
Production history
Designer Agency for Defense Development

Daewoo Precision Industries
Designed 1978-1987
Manufacturer Daewoo Precision Industries

S&T Daewoo

S&T Motiv
Produced 1988-present
Weight 6.85 kg (15.10 lb)
Length 1,030 mm (41 in)
Barrel length 533 mm (21.0 in)
Cartridge 5.56×45mm NATO

.223 Remington
Action Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire 900 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 915 m/s (3,002 ft/s)
Effective firing range 800 m (K100)

460 m (KM193)
Maximum firing range 3,600 m (K100)

2,650 m (KM193)
Feed system 200-round disintegrating-link belt, 70-round box magazine (rare) or 30-round NATO STANAG magazine
Sights Iron sights

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