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Katyusha launcher front.jpg
ZIS-6 platformed with BM-13 Katyusha battery front
Type General Purpose Cargo Truck
Place of origin Russia
Service history
Used by Russia
Wars World War II
Production history
Manufacturer Moscow Zavod imeni Stalina factory
Produced 1933-1941
No. built 21,239
Weight 4,230 kg (9,326 lb)
Height 2,160 mm (85.0 in)

Engine 6-cyl. SV, 5555 cc, watercooled
54 kW (73 hp)
Power/weight 12.9 kW/t (17.3 hp/t)
Payload capacity 4,000 kg (8,818 lb)
2,500 kg (5,512 lb) (unpaved road)
Transmission 4×2 speed
Speed Maximum speed: 55 km/h (34 mph)
ZIS-6 platformed with BM-13 Katyusha battery rear
Kolyma road construction 1938

The ZIS-6 (Russian: ЗиС-6) is a Soviet general purpose 6×4 army cargo truck, a three-axle version of the ZIS-5 two-axle truck. It was built from 1933 until October 1941 at the Moscow Zavod imeni Stalina factory and reached a total production of 21,239.

The robust and reliable base was used for many different bodies, for example as a searchlight truck or mobile workshop. But is best known for its role as the first multiple rocket launcher in July 1941. It was built by the "Compressor" Plant's Design Office during World War II (1941–45). Very few ZIS-6 trucks survive till today.

During early World War II the ZIS-6 served as the chassis of the original "Stalin Organ" Katyusha multiple rocket launcher, the BM-13. The ZIS-6 also served as the basis for the VVS-RKKA aircraft fueller BZ-ZIS-6.


  • 6×4, 3-axle 2,5-ton (4-ton - highway)
  • ZIS-5 based truck
  • Bore/Stroke: 101.6/114.3 mm
  • Wheelbase: 3,360 mm (132.3 in)+1,080 mm (42.5 in)
  • Tyres: 860 mm × 180 mm (34 in × 7 in)

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