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IPI Vulcan (Vulcan-M / Malyuk)


Bullpup Assault Rifle


Ukraine | 2015



"The IPI Vulcan assault rifle is a reworking of the classic Kalashnikov solution, rearranged in bullpup form by Ukraine."



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The classic Soviet-era Kalashnikov assault rifle has been reimagined by Ukrainian arms engineers at InterProInvest (IPI) into the "Vulcan" (also "Vulcan-M" and "Malyuk"). This all-modern assault weapon retains the inner workings of the Soviet-Russian design but rearranges it into a handier "bullpup" configuration which seats the internal action, feed, and ejection port all aft of the pistol grip / trigger unit. This results in an assault weapon retaining a full-length barrel (and therefore similar penetration-at-range values) but set within a more compact, portable frame benefitting Close Quarters Battle (CQB) units, in particular, special forces operatives of Ukraine.

The rifle is manufactured by Krasyliv Assembly Manufacturing Plant of Ukraine.

Due to its bullpup configuration, the rifle has an oversized stock that is fixed / rigid, bringing the action much closer to the operator's face but makes for an overall handier solution in confined spaces which SPECOPS troops naturally find themselves in.

Internally, the gun relies on a gas-operated, rotating bolt system of operation and can achieve a listed rate-of-fire of 660 rounds-per-minute through a single- or full-automatic firing action. The Malyuk is available in chamberings of 5.45x39mm, 5.56x45mm NATO, and 7.62x39mm - all widely available calibers in both the East and West. A 10-, 30-, or 45-round, curved detachable box magazine is inserted into the underside of the shoulder stock, the well positioned just aft of the pistol grip. Controls are ambidextrous to support both left- and right-handed shooters (though the ejection port is fixed to the right side of the body), the magazine release button located near the firing hand's thumb for easy access and the fire selector at the shoulder stock sides.

The rifle can be taken down into three major components (upper receiver, lower receiver, pistol grip) with six total parts. Since the Malyuk is based in the Kalashnikov design, it benefits from all parts sourced locally (as opposed to something like the Israeli-based Tavor rifles in Ukrainian service).

While optional forward and rear iron sights are supported, this weapon sports a long-running section of Picatinny rail over the top of the frame allowing installation of various aimers, scopes, and magnifiers or a combination of these for more precise shooting (as required for something like the Designated Marksman Rifle - DMR - role). Shorter sections are found under the forend at the 3-, 6-, and 9-o-clock positions just ahead of the pistol grip guard and can mount similar systems including tactical flashlights, a foregrip, and an Under-Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) component. The gun's barrel has a traditional slotted brake for recoil and can be equipped to support a suppressor assembly for more clandestine functionality as required.

Overall length of the rifle is 712mm with a barrel assembly measuring 415mm. Gross weight is 3.8 kilograms. Effective range of the system is out to 500 meters.

The Malyuk is listed alongside other standardized assault weapons currently accessible by Ukrainian troops - this includes the M4-WAC-47 (7.62x39mm to 5.56x45mm NATO conversion model), Zbroyar Z-15 (domestic AR-15), and the Fort Israeli-Ukraine series.

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Physical
The physical qualities of the IPI Vulcan (Vulcan-M / Malyuk). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
712 mm
28.03 in
O/A Length
415 mm
16.34 in
Barrel Length
8.38 lb
3.80 kg
Weight
Gas-Operated; Rotating Bolt; Select-Fire
Action
5.45x39mm; 5.56x45mm NATO; 7.62x39mm
Caliber(s)
10-, 30-, or 45-round detachable box magazine.
Feed
Iron Front and Rear; Optional Optics.
Sights
Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the IPI Vulcan (Vulcan-M / Malyuk). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
1,640 ft
499.9 m | 546.7 yds
Max.Eff.Range
660
Rounds-Per-Minute
Rate-of-Fire
2,952 ft/sec
900 m/sec
Muzzle Velocity
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the IPI Vulcan (Vulcan-M / Malyuk) Bullpup Assault Rifle family line.
Vulcan - Base Series Name.
Vulcan-M - Alternative Name.
"Malyuk" - Alternative Name.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the IPI Vulcan (Vulcan-M / Malyuk). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): InterProInvest (IPI) - Ukraine
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Image from official IPI marketing materials.

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