The KrAZ-5133VE is a heavy-duty military truck, designed to operate on all kinds of roads. It's military version is called 'Spetsnaz' (Special forces in English). It was developed by Ukrainian AvtoKrAZ from a larger KrAZ-6322 6x6 heavy utility truck. The basic KrAZ-5133 can accept a wide variety of body types. The standard body is fitted with drop sides and a removable tarpaulin with bows. Wooden bench seats may be fitted for troop transportation. A three-person cab is standard across the range. It is very similar to that of the earlier KrAZ-260.
Vehicle has a payload capacity of 5 000 kg. It is intended to transport troops and different loads. This military truck can also tow trailers or artillery pieces with a maximum weight of 10 000 kg on hard cover roads. Vehicle is also capable of towing 30 t aircraft on airfields.
In the majority of cases truck is powered by a Russian YaMZ-238D turbocharged diesel engine, developing 330 hp which is common across KrAZ line range. However in April 2015 KrAZ completely abandoned Russian components and other options such as Cummins, Deutz, Volvo or others that alternatively have been used before now became a standard. ZF clutch and manual 9-speed transmission is also very often used in basic version.
КrAZ Spetsnaz is used for carrying personnel of military units, unconventional units and UN peace-keeping forces, towing of artillery systems with a caliber of up to 152 mm and trailers over all kinds of roads and terrains. A number of automotive components of the KrAZ-5133VE are interchangeable with the larger 6322 model. This military truck has a considerable cross-country mobility. It has a full-time all-wheel drive.
In 2011 a KrAZ-5233 Spetsnaz, which is an improved version of the -5133, entered service with Ukrainian Army. It is also in service with Iran and possibly some other countries. In 2008 AvtoKrAZ won a tender to supply 100 of these military trucks to Nigeria and now these vehicles are used by Nigerian police.
Spetsnaz together with other KrAZ models is widely used in the military conflict in eastern Ukraine by Ukrainian armed forces. Some sources claimed a couple of vehicles were lost during the conflict. The first one has been lost as a result of the shelling of the village near the Telmanovo on the 5th of September.