SEOUL, South Korea – Western militaries continue to develop weapons systems that were once the stuff of movies. Just last week, the South Korean firearms company S&T Motiv unveiled its version of the U.S.-Israeli system called the Corner Shot.
Here’s the story from Jane’s 360:
South Korean firearms developer S&T Motiv, formerly Daewoo Precision Industries, unveiled the second generation prototype of its Korea Special-Purpose Weapon (KSPW) system at the DX Korea 2016 land warfare exposition, which was held in the KINTEX exhibition centre near Seoul from 7 to 10 September.
Modelled after the Israeli-designed, US manufactured Corner Shot system, the KSPW was first announced in 2010 as a joint effort between the company and the state defence research organisation Agency for Defense Development (ADD) with the aim of advancing a comparable indigenous weapon for the country’s special forces, which are reportedly also operators of the Corner Shot.
The KSPW is typically outfitted with the S&T Motiv 9 mm calibre K5 automatic pistol, which is remotely triggered via a solenoid, although it can be adapted for use on other popular 9 mm pistols. The company’s 2.87 kg K1A 5.56×45 mm calibre short assault rifle (although it classifies the weapon as a sub-machine gun) can be fitted if greater firepower is required, and is capable of a single, three-round burst, or fully automatic fire at a rate of up to 900 rds/min.
The gun carriage module – which is also equipped with a camera and tactical flashlight – can be offset to the left or right by 60° to observe or engage targets located around an obstacle via an adjustable 800×480 pixel resolution LCD monitor without exposing the operator to hostile fire. Unlike the Israeli design, the ADD has stated that the KSPW features an active pixel sensor and a laser target designator that enables rapid target acquisition and aiming.
S&T Motiv’s assistant manager for public relations Shawn An told IHS Jane’s that development of the latest KSPW design was completed in 2015 and the KSPW is production ready, although an order from the government has yet to materialise due to funding shortfalls.