Katyusha launcher front
ZIS-6 platformed with BM-13 Katyusha battery front
Type General Purpose Cargo Truck
Place of origin Russia
Service history
In service 1933-1941
Used by Russia
Wars World War II
Production history
Manufacturer Moscow Zavod imeni Stalina factory
Number built 21,239
Weight 4,230 kg (9,326 lb)
Height 2,160 mm (85.0 in)

Engine 73 hp/2300 rpm, 6-cyl. SV, 5555 cc, watercooled
Transmission 4x2 speed
Speed Maximum speed: 55 km/h (34 mph)
Katyusha launcher rear

ZIS-6 platformed with BM-13 Katyusha battery rear

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.


  • 6x4, 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: 34x7 inches

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