SEOUL, The state defense procurement agency said Friday that it has temporarily suspended a plan to supply dozens of indigenous K-11 assault rifles to the Army due to a defect in its firing control system.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said that, during its recent quality checkup on the airburst rifle, it found cracks in its firing control system that appeared to have been caused by pressure from a cartridge case.

"We will thoroughly verify the cause (of the problem). As a result of this, there may be a delay of more than six months, meaning the supply may resume next year," a DAPA official told Yonhap News Agency, declining to be named.

The DAPA initially planned to supply 52 K-11 rifles by September.

Due to the latest problem, the military has also decided to stop using all 914 K-11 rifles that it received from 2010-2013.

The state-run Agency for Defense Development developed the rifle between 2000 and 2008 with a budget of 18.5 billion won (US$16.3 million).

Source: Yonhap News Agency