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Malyuk AR

Vulkan 2

Malyuk
Country of origin

Ukraine

Manufacturer(s)

UkrOboronProm (Ukrainian Defense Industries)

Designer(s)

State Space Agency of Ukraine
InterProInvest

Year(s) designed

2005

Production began

2015

Weapon type

Assault rifle

Caliber

5.45×39mm
7.62×39mm
5.56×45mm NATO

Overall length

710mm

Barrel length

415mm

Weight empty

3.2 kg (up to 3.8 kg)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

AK-styled magazines / STANAG magazines

Cyclic rate

660 RPM

Maximum effective range

500 m

Muzzle velocity

900 (5.45) / 715 (7.62) / 940 (5.56)

The Malyuk (Ukrainian: Малюк, "Baby"), also known as the Vulkan or Vulkan-M, is a Ukrainian bullpup assault rifle.[1][2] [3] [4]

It was designed to replace Soviet AK-pattern weapons in use by the Ukrainian army. It also serves as an alternative to the Ukrainian licensed IMI Tavor TAR-21 clone, the Fort-221, as the Malyuk is entirely domestically designed and manufactured.

HistoryEdit

The Malyuk was developed in 2005[5] as an improvement on the Vepr bullpup rifle. The project was funded by a private company, InterProInvest, and the prototypes were designed by the Ukrainian Space Agency. The first prototypes were exhibited in 2008, and in 2012 the design was finalized. Production was announced to have began in 2015-2016. It is said to have completed Ukrainian army trials in 2016, and it is now believed to be in limited use by the Ukrainian military.[6]

DesignEdit

The Malyuk is essentially a bullpup AK with a polymer encasing, which makes it an evolution of Ukraine's previous Vepr assault rifle design. At the heart of the Malyuk is an AKM or AK-74 receiver, with their original barrel, bolt group, and trigger group. The trigger is linked to the trigger group by a link.

The rifle ejects to the right only. A new non-reciprocating charging handle replaces the original AK charging handle and has ambidextrous options.

The selector is a standard AK-styled selector, but only has semi-auto and full-auto positions. The safety is instead a cross-bolt button above the trigger guard, locking the trigger when engaged.

A new magazine shaft (in contrast to the original AK's lack of a magazine well) and a new locking system was added. The magazine release is a small trigger located behind the firing trigger, which releases the magazine when pulled, allowing the magazine to slide out from the magazine shaft.[7]

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