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S. Korea develops 'corner shot' rifle


SEOUL, March 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has developed a local version of the "corner shot" rifle, a special-purpose weapon originally developed by Israel that can fire around corners as its barrel can be bent, Seoul's state arms research institute said Tuesday.

   The newly developed rifle has a 9 millimeter-caliber pistol with a rage of 50 meters on the barrel's front and can turn 60 degrees. The weapon is similar to the Israeli model, but it also has an active pixel sensor and a laser target designator attached to it, according to the Agency for Defense Development (ADD).

"We tried to make improvements to the original weapon," the institute said in a press release.

   The active pixel sensor and laser target designator can help increase accuracy by detecting the location and number of enemies, it said.

   The corner shot was originally designed by Israeli Army senior officers in the early 2000s with sponsorship by American investors. With its purpose similar to that of the wartime periscope rifle, the weapon is designed for special forces in hostile situations usually involving the taking of hostages, according to the rifle's manufacturer Corner Shot Holdings, LLC.

   Sold to more than 15 countries around the world, the Israeli Corner shot is also currently being used by South Korea's special forces.

   South Korea spent nearly two years and some 350 million won (US$308,000) in developing the weapon, officials said.

   hayney@yna.co.kr
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