Old ammunition may have caused explosion of K-11 rifle: source – GlobalPost

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By Kim Eun-jung

SEOUL, March 18 (Yonhap) — Old ammunition may have caused last week’s explosion of the newly modified K-11 assault rifle, the latest in a series of problems found in the indigenous weapon, a military source said Tuesday.

The K-11 exploded during a field test held at the state-run Agency for Defense Development (ADD) last week, three months after the resumption of delivery that had been halted due to defects found in previous tests.

The latest incident took place after the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) resumed delivery of the rifles to Army troops in November after modifying designs and conducting tests.

The Korean-made hybrid rifle uses 5.56 mm rounds and can also fire a 20 mm air-burst projectile to attack targets hidden behind buildings or walls.

“An interim investigation result indicates that the explosion took place as the fuse didn’t properly operate for 20 mm air-burst ammunition,” the source said, asking not to be named. “The ammunition in question is the old type that did not apply the new program that was modified in 2011.”

According to military officials, there were about 200,000 rounds of ammo produced in November 2010.

The dual-barrel air-burst rifle, jointly developed by S

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