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S&T Motiv (Daewoo) K6

Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) (1990)

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The Daewoo K6 is similar in mission scope to the American Browning .50 caliber heavy machine gun.

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The ST Motiv (Daewoo) "K6" Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) is the standard HMG of South Korean fighting forces. It is a locally-produced copy of the storied American M2 Browning Heavy Machine Gun and, therefore, utilizes the same form and function of its widely-used counterpart. The K6 externally mimics its long-running brethren to a high degree, including its spade grips at the rear, slab-sided receiver, and short perforated barrel jacket around the lengthy air-cooled barrel assembly. The K6, like the M2, is used in a variety of ways - mounted on a tripod for sustained firing, mounted on pintles on vehicles for trainable suppression fire - and can be brought to bear against enemy infantry, light-armored vehicles, and low-flying aerial threats. The weapon system is chambered for the 12.7x99mm cartridge and is fed by a belt magazine - the proven cartridge holding inherently strong penetration value at range.

The ROTEM K1 Main Battle Tank (MBT) of the South Korean Army makes use of the K6 as a trainable, roof-mounted Anti-Aircraft (AA) machine gun.


Service Year

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Heavy Machine Gun (HMG)

ST Motiv (Daewoo) - South Korea
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Fire Support
Capable of suppressing enemy elements at range through direct or in-direct fire.


Gas-Operated; Air-Cooled

Gas-operated system is featured, typically involving a gas cylinder and rear-driven piston directing energy to the bolt component.
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**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.

K6 - Base Production Series Designation

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