December 03, 2009

ROK to Deploy World's Most Advanced Combat Rifle To Afghanistan

The U.S. XM-29 program faltered, then split, then was shelved, but the South Korean K-11 dual-caliber air-burst weapon is about to deploy to Afghanistan:

South Korean troops to be deployed in Afghanistan will be armed with the latest K-11 airburst assault rifles for self-defense, according to the Ministry of National Defense.


Developed by the state-funded Agency for Defense Development, the K-11 consists of a semi-automatic 20mm smart grenade launcher, an under-slung assault rifle firing a standard 5.56mm NATO round, and a top-mounted computer-assisted sighting system with integrated rangefinder and thermal infrared night vision capabilities.

Using a self-detonation system, the 20mm round from the rifle can track its target and explode three to four meters above it. And it is also capable of penetrating walls of buildings.

I wouldn't want to tote this beast, but it gives South Korean troops some very interesting capabilities.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at December 3, 2009 07:51 AM

Mr. Taliban better watch out - in Vietnam the most FEARED combat soldier to the Viet Cong were the ROK's. They were scared to death - ROK's took no prisoners! Rok's asked no questions! U.S. combat troops loved having them around.

Have fun Mr. Taliban!!!!!

Posted by: slimedog at December 3, 2009 09:53 PM

It's weight is comparable to our M16 and lighter than the M16 or M4 with attached grenade launcher.

While the U.S. Military is going to spend millions on [6] changes on the M4 which will make it a better weapon but still in many experts opinion not as good, reliable or versatile weapon as is used in other nation's armys.

Witness this weapon.

Papa Ray

Posted by: Papa Ray at December 3, 2009 11:22 PM

Wonder if it's a 'every troop' weapon, or one per squad?

Posted by: Firehand at December 5, 2009 11:15 AM

Two per squad, over 13 pounds empty weight, and unit cost over $16,000.

Not sure, but I think the 20mm is bolt action instead of semi-auto.

Posted by: Brad at December 5, 2009 06:27 PM