South Korea’s Dasan Machineries Co. Ltd. is a privately owned enterprise specializing in automotive parts. Since 1996 Dasan has slowly built a portfolio of licensed firearms for police use. South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has selected Dasan Machineries as the preferred bidder in a KRW3.8 billion (USD3.1 million) programme programme to replace the S&T Motiv K1A 5.56 mm carbine. The company will be providing a slightly modified variant of its DSAR-15PC 5.56 mm close quarter battle (CQB) model for the RoKA’s Special Warfare Command.
The Daewoo Precision Industries K1/K1A is a South Korean selective-fire carbine, the first modern firearm developed by Agency for Defense Development (ADD) and manufactured by Daewoo Precision Industries, and entered service in the Republic of Korea Armed Forces in 1981. Although the K1 uses 5.56×45mm NATO, it is classified as a submachine gun by the South Korean military and the current manufacturer S&T Motiv, because the K1 was intended to replace the M3 submachine gun.
The Republic of Korea Army Special Warfare Command, also known as the Republic of Korea Army Special Forces “Black Berets” (R.O.K Special Forces), is a military command of the Republic of Korea Army responsible for their special operations forces. ROK Special Forces brigades work in close relationship with their United States Army Special Forces counterparts. ROK Special Forces brigades were modelled after the U.S. Army Green Berets. The command includes six special forces brigades and one overseas deployment group. They receive special training for various unconventional warfare missions.