29 Jun '16, 12am

North Korea Arming Boats with US Gatling Guns: Report

North Korea Arming Boats with US Gatling Guns: Report

North Korea is reportedly arming its many of its few hundred patrol boats with U.S.-made Gatling guns. That’s according to a news report published Thursday on the website of the Yonhap News Agency, South Korea’s largest news organization: “North Korea has been seen replacing its aging weapon systems with the rotary gun system,” a military insider said. “If all the 380-something North Korean littoral combat boats are armed with the machine gun, this would pose an added threat to our Navy.” The sources said the weapon replacement seems to be aimed at strengthening North Korea’s naval combat capabilities especially in close quarters. At present many smaller North Korean boats use hand-operated 30 millimeter cannons. Local sources speculate that the North Korean guns are the 12.7 mm weapons made by General Electric. The machine gun has a cyclic rate of fire of 2,000 rounds per...

Full article: http://www.defensetech.org/2016/06/28/north-korea-arming-...

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