US Army Orders KrAZ 4x4 Heavy Duty Vehicles from Ukraine

KrAZ trucks operated by Ukraine’s armed services
KrAZ trucks operated by Ukraine’s armed services

The contract has been awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command

At least this is reported by ArmyRecognition, a Belgium-based online media focusing on global defense industry and Army equipment news.

While the report doesn’t specify the number of vehicles to be delivered under this contract, it’s safe to presume that this number will be substantial, knowing that the contract was signed for the duration of three years.

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The vehicles ordered are 4x4 trucks (presumably built on KrAZ -5233 chassis), including personnel transports, flatbed trucks, water- and fuel tankers.

KrAZ 5233VE “Spetsnaz” 4x4

The agreement has been assigned by US21, a leading supplier of integrated products, services and logistics to the U.S. Department of Defense, national security agencies, federal civilian agencies, prime contractors, and non-profits worldwide, according to ArmyRecognition.

Military truck KrAZ 5233 4x4 with a flatbed for transport of special-mission vehicles and equipment

ArmyRecognition assumes that the vehicles purchased will unlikely be used by the U.S. Army itself but made available to allies or UN peacekeeping missions.

ATsP 5,0 water tanker built on KrAZ-5233NE chassis

Even though no further detail about the order is available, one may assume that this somewhat surprizing contract represents the U.S. will to support Kyiv in its ongoing conflict with Russia-backed separatist insurgents in Eastern Ukraine.

As an interesting note, this contract was reported on at the time Ukrainian ministers for defense and strategic industries, Andriy Taran and Oleh Uruskiy visited AutoKrAZ on May 18 to help it out of bankruptcy.

Oleh Uruskiy and Andriy Taran seen at AutoKrAZ testing range

AutoKrAZ is Ukraine’s sole manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks and, until recently, the major supplier of truck vehicles for Ukraine’s armed services.

KrAZ-523VE truck chassis has a multitude of applications in Ukrainian military operations
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