Vepr

The Vepr was announced in 2003 as the first indigenous Ukrainian (NSAU) assault rifle, designed by the National Space Agency of Ukraine. Note that the Vepr is classed as a sub-machinegun. It is one of several bullpup conversions of the conventional AK-47 design, along with the Polish Kbk wz. 2005 Jantar, the Chinese Norinco Type 86S, the Russian KBP A-91 and OC-14 Groza, the Finnish Valmet M82 and the South African Vektor CR-21.Prior to the development of the Vepr, the personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were equipped mainly with the AKM and AK-74 assault rifle designs, typical of Warsaw Pact countries. More recently, however, as part of ongoing reforms in the Ukrainian Ground Forces, Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has declared intentions to purchase thousands of Veprs by the year 2010.Although the Vepr has been proclaimed as a revolutionary upgrade to the AK-74, it is, in fact, an interesting yet fairly simple modification of the basic AK-74 system in a bullpup design, with the following modifications: The standard gas-operated, rotating-bolt AK-74 mechanism is removed from its furniture and a new butt plate is mounted directly on the rear of the receiver; A polymer cheek rest is fitted to the receiver cover; The trigger and pistol grip are placed in front of the magazine; The cocking handle is removed from the bolt carrier and a new cocking handle arrangement is placed on the left side of the forearm.

Vepr
Class Manportable
Type Rifles
Manufacturer NSAU
Origin Ukraine
Country Name Origin Year
Ukraine 2003
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Ukraine View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
NSAU View

Prior to the development of the Vepr, the personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were equipped mainly with the Soviet AKM and AK-74 assault rifle designs.

The first Vepr rifle was shown in 28 August 2003. Only ten Veprs were made until 9 October 2004.

In addition, one test prototype («Malyuk») was made in 2005

The Ukraine's Ministry of Defense has declared intentions to purchase thousands of Veprs by the year 2010 but as on 5 March 2014 there was not a single Vepr in Ukrainian Army

However, since the political tides in Ukraine are moving towards a NATO and possibly a European Union membership, and since a well-launched Ukrainian gun manufacturer (RPC Fort) is offering on the Ukrainian market firearms in "western" calibers such as the Israeli Tavor assault rifle, Negev light machinegun and Galil sniper rifle, the future of this weapon in Ukrainian service may be in jeopardy.

As of 2015, most Ukrainian personnel still use AK-74s.

Currently only small number of Veprs are in service with Ukrainian special forces.

Weight - 3.45 kg

Length - 702 mm

Barrel length - 415 mm

Caliber - 5.45x39mm

Action - Gas-Operated, Rotating bolt

Rate of fire - 600 â 650 rounds/min

Feed system - 30 round detachable box magazine

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