The UN has received a large shipment of KAMAZ trucks

67 KAMAZ trucks have been delivered to the UN World Food Programme in Uganda. The Russian trucks will assist the WFP’s transportation service to provide needy countries with humanitarian aid.

The KAMAZ trucks are Russia’s in-kind contribution to the UN World Food Programme. Sergey Shishkin, the Russian ambassador to Uganda; Musa Ekveru, Ugandan Minister for the Prevention of Disasters; and Michael Dunford, Director of the WFP in Uganda, attended the ceremony for the transfer of the trucks.

The new KAMAZ vehicles have become part of the regional fleet for the UN World Food Programme, which is based in Kampala and carries out operations in Uganda and neighboring countries. 53 KAMAZ trucks were immediately sent to help with the supply of products and humanitarian aid in South Sudan, and the rest will be used in Uganda.

The Russian government allocated more than 720 million rubles from the federal budget to purchase trucks for the needs of the United Nations. From 2014 to 2015, a total of 218 trucks will be transferred to the World Food Programme.

The first batch of KAMAZ trucks for the WFP was delivered in December 2014. At the time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and WFP Director Ertarin Kazin signed an agreement for a strategic partnership between Russia and the World Food Programme between 2014 and 2017.

KAMAZ is the largest Russian manufacturer of commercial vehicles. It includes more than 150 organizations located in Russia, the CIS and abroad, including 12 major automotive manufacturing plants. It has assemblers in Vietnam, Iran, India, Kazakhstan, and Pakistan.


KAMAZ Trucks Transferred to the UN

Today, the first batch of KAMAZ vehicles was transferred to the UN’s World Food Program Fund at the ceremony in Moscow.

The vehicles are part of a UN project to refurbish the fleet used to transport humanitarian aid. Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Program, as well as the heads of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry, Russian Finance Ministry, and other departments took part in the transfer of endowment documents with the ceremonial key. Fifteen cars will be sent to the St. Petersburg port for further shipment to Ghana.

As may be recalled, at the beginning of the year, the Russian government signed a decree supporting the implementation of the UN project to refurbish the fleet of vehicles for humanitarian aid delivery. The document authorized the purchase of KAMAZ vehicles as an in-kind contribution of the Russian Federation to the UN World Food Program. The federal budget allocated more than 720 million rubles for this purpose.

Today, the first batch of KAMAZ vehicles was transferred to the UN’s World Food Program Fund at the ceremony in Moscow.

Of the 218 trucks KAMAZ is expected to produce, 130 will be delivered by the end of the year, with 32 trucks going to Ghana, 15 to Uganda, 52 to South Sudan, and 31 to Afghanistan. The UN World Food Program will receive the remaining 88 KAMAZ trucks next year.

KAMAZ has long partnered with the United Nations. In 2012, the Russian government donated over 40 KAMAZ vehicles to the World Food Program in Afghanistan to support food delivery operations in remote areas of the country. According to Louis Imbleau, Director of the World Food Program in Afghanistan, such technical support is a key to ensuring the timely delivery of food aid to the starving people of Afghanistan. “The new KAMAZ trucks, which are much more economical and easier to maintain, are replacing the World Food Program’s existing fleet of vehicles, which have been worn out for a long time,” Imbleau said.

KAMAZ is Russia’s largest manufacturer of commercial trucks, overseeing more than 150 organizations in Russia, the CIS, and other countries, including 12 major automotive manufacturing plants.

KAMAZ has assembly plants in Vietnam, Iran, India, Kazakhstan, and Pakistan and employs more than 59,000 people.


The ‘Silken’ KAMAZ-Master: Russia’s rally king

While Russia may not be a world leader in the manufacture of cars, there is no doubting its expertise in the making of trucks. If you thought trucks were boring, you’ve never seen a rally of trucks. What surprises does the new KAMAZ truck hold as it undergoes its first test at the Silk Road rally?

The sixth Silk Road rally, a prestigious international race, set off from Moscow’s Red Square on July 8. The world’s leading rally drivers are taking part in the rally.

Among the headliners of the Moscow to Beijing rally are Russian trucks from the KAMAZ-Master team, which has for many years vowed audiences with their skill at the Dakar rally. The team presented its new hooded truck (earlier KAMAZ trucks were not hooded – RIR), just before the Silk Road rally. The new truck, according to KAMAZ engineers, holds the key to future rallying success for Russia.

A vehicle in black

The new KAMAZ model will be easily recognizable as it comes in the unusual black colour. Instead of the usual bright-blue hues that gave the team its nickname “Blue Armada,” the new truck is dressed in a monochrome black “tuxedo.”

Engineers are planning to give the new KAMAZ the team’s traditional colours by the time of the Dakar rally in January, once tests have been successfully completed. The new black truck will have its first test run in the Silk Road rally, with Eduard Nikolayev, the Dakar-2013 champion, as the man at the helm of the KAMAZ Masters.

More comfortable than ever

Although comfort (in the traditional meaning of the word) at a rally is a relative concept, all teams are trying to make their vehicles as comfortable for the crews as possible. Exhausted drivers cannot be expected to set new world records.


The new KAMAZ truck is expected to be truly revolutionary as far as comfort is concerned. In the normal KAMAZ, the seats of the driver and the navigator are situated directly above the wheels. This raises the risk of spinal injuries because the impact of every small bump and pothole in the road gets magnified. In the new hooded version, the cabin has been moved to the middle of the wheel base, considerably easing vertical loads and blows.

Nikolayev still maintains that he will make the truck perform at the maximum of its capabilities: “We shall be driving as fast as necessary to experience the usual pressures,” he told RIR before setting off.

Smooth jumps

An interesting feature of the new truck is the symmetrical distribution of weight, or equal load distribution between the front and back axles. For a truck this is a huge advantage because the vehicle can make a smooth landing after a jump from a springboard and have better manoeuverability in the sand.

By the time of the Dakar rally, in January however, KAMAZ engineers will have to give up this new feature. New rules were announced for the Dakar rally by the time the new model was ready, banning symmetrical weight distribution. So the engineers will have to make many changes and ease the load on the rear axle at the expense of the front one, Vladimir Guba, the team’s technical director told RIR.

‘Blind’ descent

The first tests have shown that the hooded configuration makes it possible to better control the vehicle’s behaviour in featureless terrain. The new truck has shown spectacular results off-road, on road-test stretches of the route, where spatial orientation becomes particularly important.

However, the hooded version of the truck does not ensure good vision in dunes. Team manager Sergei Savostin told RIR that no vehicle in the world can provide good visibility in a desert. When a truck climbs a dune, all that the driver can see – irrespective of whether it is a hooded truck or not – is the sky.

“It is then that the side window really helps,” explained Savostin. “Only then can the driver understand when to slow down in order not to roll down the dune head-first.”