POTD: Ukrainian Special Operations Forces with IPI Vulcan (Malyuk) Rifles

    Ukrainian Special Operations Forces and U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) move across an objective during exercise Combined Resolve XI at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, December 10, 2018. During Combined Resolve XI, an exercise with over 5,500 participants from 16 nations, SOF conducted operations in enemy-occupied territory to support and interoperate with conventional forces. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    It is not often that we get Special Forces captured on images, and catching the Ukrainian Special Operations Forces with Malyuk rifles is very rare, to say the least.

    The Malyuk or Vulcan is designed and manufactured in Ukraine, by IPI. It looks like they are using Aimpoint red dot sights.

    Below: Knock-knock, anybody home? Two Ukranian SOFs with Malyuk rifles followed by a U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

    Photo: 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek

    Automatic rifle “Vulcan” (MALYUK). Photo by IPI.

    Below: Ukraine’s Special Ops join 16 nations at Combined Resolve XI

    HOHENFELS, Germany – Special operations forces from five nations participated in exercise Combined Resolve XI at U.S. Army Europe’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center.

    Combined Resolve is a U.S. Army Europe-led exercise series that improves readiness and interoperability amongst allies and partners, incorporating U.S. rotational units aligned under Operation Atlantic Resolve. More than 5,500 total soldiers from 16 nations took part in CbR XI.

    Multinational special operations forces are integrated into Combined Resolve to improve coordination between conventional forces and provide unique special operations capabilities to the combined joint force.

    CbR XI marked the first time Ukrainian SOF has participated in a large joint, multinational exercise at JMRC.

    Pictures above and background by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek.

    Below: More reference pictures from IPI.

    Photo by IPI: “The automatic rifle «Vulcan»(«MALYUK») is the best combat effectiveness solution for a wide range of tasks.”


    You can also check Wikipedia on the Vepr (Ukrainian Assault Rifle) and InterProInvest.

    You can compare the Malyuk/Vulkan to the RPC Fort (Fort-221), which is essentially an IWI TAR-21 (Israel) built by RPC Fort in Ukraine under license. Instead of the 5.56x45mm NATO round, it is also designed to chamber the 5.45x39mm round (among others).

    Thanks to for identifying the rifle.