At Korea's weapons fair in 2019
CEO: Kim Hyung Chul
HQ: 363, Yeoraksongjeong-ro, Cheolma-myeon, Gijang-gun, Busan, South Korea
SNT Motiv was found as Daewoo Precision Industries in 1981 as a subsidiary of Daewoo to manufacture small arms. The company was taken over by S&T Holdings in 2006 and renamed S&T Daewoo. The company expanded its firearms manufacturing significantly, and established branches in China, India and Poland in 2007-2008. Renamed as S&T Motiv in 2012, the company is a major supplier to the ROKA (Korean Armed Forces) and exports several pistols, rifles, machine guns and artillery to TNI. S&T Motiv changed its name to SNT Motiv in 2021.
The K2 was developed by the South Korean Agency for Defense Development and is manufactured by S&T Motiv and Dasan Machineries (since 2016). Between 2006 and 2018 Indonesia purchased 806 K2 rifles. The K2 weapons are used by special forces, including paratroopers and 'Raiders' in West Papua.
Yonif Raider 142 unit en route to West Papua, March 2022
SNT Motiv has sold almost 2000 of these K7 machine guns to Indonesia, as of 2023. Marketed as 'good for covert operations' due to the small size and low noise relative to the killing power, the K7 is used by Yonif Raider troops stationed in West Papua. Kopassus and Kopaska are also known to use this weapon.
Yonif Raider troops in West Papua pose with a K7 machine gun.
Yonif Raiders (left) and Kopaska soldier (right) with the SNT Motiv K7
A member of 'Raider/753' Infantry Battalion, specialised combat troops, stationed in West Papua, holding an SNT-Motiv K3 Machine Gun
Korean weapons giant Hanwha brokered two deals to export SNT-Motiv machine guns to TNI, The first deal, in 2006, saw 110 K3s sold to TNI. Hanwha then arranged the export of a further 803 K3 machine guns in 2011. The 'light machine guns' are easy to hold and to fire, according to the company's promotions. K3 weapons are used by the Komando Pasukan Katak (Kopaska) tactical diver group and Komando Pasukan Khusus (Kopassus) special forces groups. Two divisions of Yonif Raiders, permanently stationed in West Papua, carry these weapons 'in the field'.