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GAZ-3308 Sadko

Light utility truck

GAZ-3308 Sadko

The GAZ-3308 Sadko light utility truck has a full time all-wheel drive

Entered service 1996
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (curb) 3.71 t
Maximum load 2 t
Length 6.25 m
Width 2.34 m
Height 2.57 m
Engine ZMZ-513 petrol
Engine power 116 hp
Maximum road speed 90 km/h
Range ~ 500 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 0.6 m
Fording 1 m


   The GAZ-3308 Sadko light utility truck is a military replacement of the previous GAZ-66, which was produced for 35 years. Production of the GAZ Sadko commenced in 1996. It is a cost-efficient vehicle. This feature allowed the Russian MoD to acquire these light trucks even despite constant shortage of funding. Since 1999 the GAZ-3308 Sadko it is marketed internationally. Currently this military truck is in service with the Russian Army and some other countries.

   The Sadko is entirely conventional in layout. It is based on civilian GAZ-3307 with a 4x2 configuration, which can be identified by a double rear wheels. The Sadko has a payload capacity of 2 000 kg. Vehicle is fitted with a cargo-type rear body. The cargo area is covered with bows and canvas cover. Vehicle can also tow trailers or light artillery pieces. This military truck is used to carry troops and cargo.

   The Sadko is fitted with a forward control cab, which provides seating for driver and one passenger.

   The GAZ-3308 is powered by either a ZMZ-513 (4.25-liter) or ZMZ-5233 (4.67-liter) petrol engines, developing 116 and 122 hp respectively. It is worth noting that these petrol engines have poor fuel economy. Later production models were also proposed with diesel engines. These are MMZD-245.7 and MMZD-245.7E2 turbocharged diesel engines, developing 117 hp and GAZ-562 (3.2-liter) turbocharged diesel, developing 150 hp. The last mentioned is a Steyr engine, produced under license. Engines are coupled with 4- or 5-speed manual gearboxes. This military truck has a full-time all-wheel drive. Vehicle uses a number of automotive components of the previous GAZ-66. A central tyre inflation system is fitted as standard.

   Current production models are the GAZ-3308, GAZ-33081 and GAZ-33082. The last two are available with diesel engines and have extended road range.




   GAZ Yeger, version fitted with a double cab and shorter cargo platform. It provides accommodation for driver and four passengers;

   GAZ Zemlyak, with a payload capacity of 4 000 kg. The current production models are GAZ-33085 and GAZ-33086. This truck has inferior cross-country performance comparing with Sadko;

   GAZ Sadko Next it is a recent version with a number of improvements. It was revealed in 2014. It is a proposed replacement for the GAZ-3308 trucks. The Sadko Next has a payload capacity of 3 000 kg. Vehicle is fitted with a new three-person cab. It is powered by a new YaMZ-534 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 150 hp. Engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Vehicle has a selectable all-wheel drive and central tyre inflation system. Mass production of this truck was expected to begin in 2014.


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GAZ-3308 Sadko

GAZ-3308 Sadko

GAZ-3308 Sadko

GAZ-3308 Sadko

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