The Daewoo Precision Industries K3 is a South Korean light machine gun developed by the Agency for Defense Development (ADD) and manufactured by Daewoo Precision Industries. The K3 is chambered for 5.56×45mm NATO, but can also accept its parent cartridge, the .223 Remington round. It entered service in 1989, replacing the M60 machine gun in the frontline role.
Design Details[edit | edit source]
The K3 strongly resembles members from the FN Minimi family of machine guns, however, their designs are very different. The K3 takes 200-round disintegrating-link belts, and also features a magazine well adapter for STANAG magazines for increased interchangeability of accessories with the K1/K2 rifle.
Variants[edit | edit source]
- XK3: Experimental prototype.
- K3: Current mass-produced variant.
- K3 Para: Shortened version of the K3. It includes a collapsable paratrooper-style stock. Revealed in 2015.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Due to its resemblance to the FN Minimi, the K3 has appeared in multiple films intended as M249 lookalikes, when M249s were difficult to acquire from film armorers. Some examples of media to use this method include Rules of Engagement and American Soldiers: A Day in Iraq.