Military Pulls Plug on Disastrous K-11 Rifle Project

  • By Yang Seung-sik

    December 05, 2019 14:12

    Korea has finally canceled a project to deploy homegrown K-11 rifles after multiple defects were found in the process of distributing them to troops.

    The decision was made in a meeting chaired by Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo on Wednesday, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration.

    It came 21 years after development kicked off in 1998, billions of won had been spent, developers were given medals, and boasts that it would eventually prove the best rifle in the world were exposed as a sham.

    With dual barrels, the K-11 was supposed to be capable of firing 5.56-mm rounds and 20-mm air-burst grenades simultaneously. The military began production in 2010, but a series of defects, including cracks in its fire-control system, have been found since 2014.

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