S&T Daewoo K11 DAW (Dual-barrel Air-burst Weapon)

After a slow start and a few hiccups, the Korean S&T Daewoo K11 DAW has begun to be issued to the Korean Defense Force. A total of 4,000 will be produced and they will all be fielded by 2014. They are intended to be issued two per squad. The above photo was taken at the recent Armed Forces Day Parade 2013.

The K11 has a 5.56mm lower which is fed by standard AR-15 30 round magazines. The upper has a bolt action 20mm airburst grenade launcher fed by a six round magazine.

The jury is still out how effective a man killer it is, but we do know that it wrecks havoc on balloons …

Steve Johnson

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  • Matrix_3692

    And let me guess….. onboard FCS not included?

  • fjkhoury01

    Behold the korean OICW program

  • Joshua

    Poor bastards, Sadly we almost got stuck with the same damn thing…….

    • 朝花夕拾

      I know. Shouldn’t have started in the first place. But then, at the end of the 90s, the OICW concept seemed so promising…

  • Nishi Drew

    “At 6.1KG it’s light enough to be carried” yes it is, almost a light machine gun, probably close when you add all the extra grenades to carry. I’ll admit, I used to think the OICW program was cool years back… but man that bulk and weight, I’ll carry two purpose built weapons instead, a bolt action grenade launcher seems like it could be made rather slim without an assault rifle attached to it

    • Patrick Mingle

      I agree. A 20mm air burst bolt gun seems like it could be a very effective (not to mention very cool) platform

  • gunslinger

    that thing looks cumbersom. and bulky.

  • Sid

    Having carried a M203 for several years, I began to wish for a simple M16A2 and M79. Your support arm gets tired quick. And everyone needs to carry a 3 round pack of 40mm grenades. The grenadier cannot possibly sustain that load in this day of body armor.

    • Joe Schmoe

      And what about us poor snipers? We have to carry two guns (M4A1+M24) and the associated ammo loads and optics for both. 😛

      • Renato H. M. de Oliveira

        You were the ones cool enough to deserve the M24! Weight is the price to pay!

        • Joe Schmoe

          But…but… I didn’t see it the contract I signed. 🙁

          • Renato H. M. de Oliveira

            I guess you missed the fine print

      • dude

        Couldn’t wait for the M110, could you 😉

    • 11b

      Man, the M320 is even heavier! I like how it can be standalone, but mounted on an m4 its just too heavy. I’d rather have an XM25 guy dedicated to that weapon with an issue sidearm (no m4).

      • Renato H. M. de Oliveira

        In another forum, a French ammo expert expressed the opinion that all riflemen should carry a few rifle grenades. The weight saved by not carrying a dedicated GL would allow quite a few per fireteam. Not to mention that the rifle grenade has a much heavier payload than an ordinary 40 mm LV.

        That plus the XM-25 guy. The XM-25 could use airburst ammo for couter defilade and cheap HE ammo for other uses.

        • TimNC

          You cannot possibly qualify and train every riflemen to use rifle grenades though.
          In the typical French Army squad (7 to 8 men), the 2 team leaders are typically the ones carrying and using the grenades. The squad leader will probably be qualified too though. So that really leaves you with 3 potential rifle grenades shooters. The 4(or 5) remaining soldiers will usually carry a SAW, an AT4, an LGI (some kind of “knee mortar”), a DMR, etc. So even though their FAMAS can potential fire grenades, they’re already pretty busy as it is.

          “The every riflemen is a grenadier” is definitely a faulty argument for rifle grenades.
          The extra payload though … 😀
          Anybody knows if there have been attempts to develop “smart rifle grenades” ?

  • West

    This is as close to a pulse rifle as I have seen. Needs AP caseless ammo to get the weight down.

  • Ze Grammar Nazi

    Wreck =/= Wreak.

    • Vertigo

      Wreak is right in this context

  • Joshua

    An interesting thing I noticed is that the bolt carrier in the 5.56 portion has exhaust vents, does this mean they chose the Stoner system? My guess would be yes as I see no reason for carrier vents outside of the Stoner system.

  • 朝花夕拾

    I’m South Korean.

    The whole debacle regarding the K11 is pretty much symbolic of the military culture here. Whenever a new, prototype weapon is developed the military chiefs call in the press to show everyone what a helluva job they’ve done. The press takes the military’s optimistic words(“It would be operational by the next year” “A K11 will be dispatched to every single infantry platoon” type crap) seriously and prints it out. People read the news and are reassured that the military is doing such a good job in weapons development.

    Then come the glitches, errors, accidents, recalls. A weapon that hasn’t been thoroughly tested malfunctions, sometimes in a deadly way. While undergoing tests a 20mm HE round in the K11 barrel exploded in the hands of a solider firing it, nearly killing the poor guy. Suddenly the people realize they were duped by the military brass. Trust in the military is once again in the red.

    There are many reasons why we always come up with shiny new weapons which aren’t tested properly and malfunction so easily. Lack of competition in the field of military procurement, stringent budgetary constraints which leave the military little room for creative maneuver, obsession with “national technology” instead of getting some useful advice from other technologically advanced countries, and the military’s desire to show off to the people that they are actually doing something and not wasting precious tax money.

    Other locally manufactured weapons fare no better. K21 IFV was lauded as one of the best existing infantry fighting vehicles. Then one tried to cross a river and sank because its buoyancy device failed, killing a sergeant driving it. That error seems to have been fixed and K21 seems to be a bit more reliable than before.

    K2 tank was first demonstrated in 2007 and still no mass production beyond the prototype three. We simply don’t have the technology to manufacture the tank’s powerpack, which is to a tank what a heart to a human is. Now the army is importing that part from Germany, after all the “indigenous technology/development” bullshit.

    • xhln

      “Indigenous” technology isn’t exactly a misguided goal. If it is something as important as a country’s military, it would be preferable to not have to rely on another faraway country for working weapons and vehicle parts. Doubly so if the country awkwardly ends up at war with its own supplier, as unlikely as that may be.

      Of course, if you don’t have the technical expertise to do so then you’re screwed either way, unless you’re willing to fall back on older technology.