Daewoo Precision Industries K3

Daewoo Precision Industries K3
Daewoo Precision Industries K3
Daewoo K3 machine gun 1.jpg
Daewoo Precision Industries K3 LMG
Type Light machine gun
Place of origin  Republic of Korea
Service history
In service 1991-present
Used by See Users
Wars Operation Enduring Freedom
Iraq War
Production history
Manufacturer Daewoo Precision Industries
Weight 6.85 kg (15.10 lb)
Length 1,030 mm (41 in)
Barrel length 533 mm (21.0 in)

Cartridge 5.56x45mm NATO
Action Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire 900 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity M193: 960 m/s (3,150 ft/s)
SS109: 915 m/s (3,002 ft/s)
Effective range 800 m
Maximum range 3,600 m
Feed system 200-round disintegrating-link belt or 30-round NATO STANAG magazine
Sights Iron sights

The Daewoo Precision Industries K3 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. It is manufactured by S&T Daewoo.[1]



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 200-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 gun is gas operated, with a rotating bolt.

The weapon system was not designed for customization, due to the fact that most soldiers of the Korean military will not see extended use of their weapons.

Foreign sales

One example of the K3 was purchased by South Africa in 2006, and two examples were purchased by Thailand in the same year.[2] 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.[3]

Ultimately, 2000 K3s were acquired by the Philippine Army for their SAW requirement.[citation needed] They, and 150 newly delivered Kia KM450 trucks, were first shown in public on February 18, 2008.


  • K3Para: Shortened version of K3 with RAS and minor modification.


South Korean soldier uses Daewoo K3.

See also

  • S&T Daewoo K12


  • Jane's Infantry Weapons - 2002

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