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SNT Motiv K16

General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) [ 2024 ]

The K16 GPMG will be used by South Korean ground forces to succeed an aging line of machine guns in same battlefield role.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 09/13/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

The K16 is a new infantry-level machine gun unveiled by the Republic of Korea Army (South Korea) in December of 2021. The type will be used to succeed an aging line of K3 Light Machine Gun (LMG) and M60 GPMG systems. The new weapon offers increase engagement ranges when compared to its predecessors, offers enhanced reliability in-the-field, and is a locally-designed, developed, and manufactured South Korean solution by SNT Motiv. The company produces (or has produced) a slew of weapons for the South Korean Army that include assault rifles, sniper rifles, and grenade launchers.

Series introduction of the K16 is expected sometime in 2024.

The K3 was introduced in 1991 while the M60 has its roots in the Cold War from America and was influenced in design by the German World War 2-era MG42 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) series. Due to age and changing requirements of the modern battlefield, a successor for both types is long overdue.

The K16 features all-modern design, firing from a proven automatic, gas-operated / open-bolt system. The gas cylinder is set under the barrel in typical fashion. The weapon is chambered for the ubiquitous 7.62x51mm NATO rifle cartridge, firing from a belt-fed supply, offering good penetration / suppression at-range. Thermal sights are supported as are other optics for accurized firing in all light environments. Flip-up sights are showcased over the receiver with a front iron sight set at the front-end of the gas cylinder. A hinged bipod assembly under the gas cylinder supports the front-end of the weapon. The pistol grip is ergonomically angled. A carrying handle is set over the right side of the body.

The MGS-5 thermal system is an optional, battery-powered sighting device mounted on the over-receiver rail section of the gun. Push-buttons provide operator control of the unit. A padded optics section is set at the rear of the rectangular form.

Weight, sans the thermal scope component, is 10.4 kilograms. Overall length is 1,200mm.

The base design comprises a complete family of weapons that go beyond the GPMG form-and-function. There is a vehicle-based co-axial model (K16E) for tanks and related Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) as well as a crew-served, bipod-supported version (K16D/K12).©MilitaryFactory.com
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General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG)

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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Fire Support
Capable of suppressing enemy elements at range through direct or in-direct fire.
Ability to engage low-flying aerial threats.
Special Forces
Qualities of this weapon have shown its value to Special Forces elements requiring a versatile, reliable solution for the rigors of special assignments.
Special Purpose
Special purpose weapon for a specially defined battlefield role.

Overall Length
1,200 mm
47.24 in
Empty Wgt
22.93 lb
10.40 kg

Iron Front and Rear; Supported Optics.


Gas-Operated; Open Bolt System.

Open Bolt
System utilizes internal mechanism where bolt and associated working components are set to the rear of the receiver with no cartridge chambered; trigger actuation moves bolt forward, chambers cartridge, and fires bullet in single action - ultimately resetting during the complete cycle by way of the generated energy.
Gas-operated system is featured, typically involving a gas cylinder and rear-driven piston directing energy to the bolt component.
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7.62x51mm NATO

Sample Visuals**

Graphical image of a 7.62x51mm / .308 Winchester rifle cartridge
Rounds / Feed

100-round disintegrating belt.
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
K16 - Base Series Designation; base weapon.
K16D / K12 - Crew-support weapon; bipod.
K16E - Vehicle-mounted, solenoid-actuated co-axial MG variant.

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