The Vepr (Ukrainian for wild boar) has been announced in 2003 as a new Ukrainian-designed assault rifle. Ukraine is a former Soviet republic and since dissolution of USSR its armed forces used Soviet-era small arms, including the Kalashnikov AKM and AK-74 assault rifles. The Vepr has been advertised as a major improvement over AK-74, but in fact, it is no more than yet another conversion of standard AK-74 into bullpup layout. The standard AK-74 is stripped from its furniture, and the buttplate is fitted directly to the receiver; a polymer cheek rest is fitted to the receiver cover, and the pistol grip is fitted ahead of the magazine. The cocking handle is moved to the left side of the forearm, but the safety/fire selector lever remained in the same position, now well behind the pistol grip and almost out of reach when gun is shouldered. Vepr is fitted with adjustable open sights and a standard side mount for day or night scopes. A relatively large red dot scope of Ukrainian manufacture is fitted as a standard. Latest version of the Vepr also feature an integral 40mm underbarrel grenade launcher, with dual trigger arrangement (front trigger controls launcher, rear trigger controls the rifle).
- Overall length: 70.2 cm (27.63 in.)
- Barrel length: 41.5 cm (16.3 in.)
- Weight: 3.45 kg (7.65 lbs.)
- Rate of fire: 600-650 rpm
- Magazine capacity: 30 rounds