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Overview

The BA-6 is a Soviet armoured car developed in the mid 1930s from the earlier BA-3.

Development

The BA-6 began development in 1935 at the Izhorskiy plant as a replacement for the BA-3. The BA-3 was considered too heavy so development for the BA-6 was to modernize and lighten but otherwise keep the same idea.

Throughout the modernization, the BA-6 came nearly 1 ton lighter than its predecessor, while receiving increased protection due to a redesigned armour hull. Bullet-resistant 'GK' tires were fitted which reduces the speed however, somewhat decreasing that which was gained by the decreased weight.

Visibly, the BA-6 looks almost identical to the BA-3. The main identification of the BA-6 is the lack of a rear door.

The vehicle entered production in 1935, and continued production until 1938 when the BA-10 took over.

Service

The BA-6 saw extensive service. They fought in the following regions/conflicts;

  • Spanish Civil War
  • Khalkin Gol
  • Winter War
  • Soviet Invasion of Poland
  • Far East (WWII)
  • Operation Barbarossa
  • China
  • Monogolia
  • Afghanistan
  • Various German/Soviet engagements during WWII.

Variants

BA-6
Standard production model.
BA-6 ZhD
Rail-capable model.
BA-6M
Modernized BA-6.
Soviet Union 1936-1955 Soviet Land Vehicles Red Army
1919 - 1945
Tracked Vehicles
Light Tanks Standard Light Tanks GAZ-70LTGLTPLTTBNIObj. 211Obj. 217PPGT-17T-18 (M)T-23T-26 (193119321933193719381939-1-4)T-27T-30T-45T-50T-60 (12ZiS-19)T-70 (M)T-80T-118TT-126T-127
Amphibious Light Tanks K-90PT-1 (A)T-5PchT-36T-37 1933T-37 1934T-38T-39T-40T-41T-43 (-1-2)TM
Flamethrower & Chemical Light Tanks KhBT-7OT-7OT-26OT-130OT-131OT-132OT-133OT-133EOT-134
Remote Controlled Light Tanks TTBT-7TT-26TU-26
Utility Light Tanks BT-DTSBT
Cavalry/Fast Tanks A-8A-20BDT-1BT-1BT-2BT-2ISBT-3BT-4BT-5 (AISPKh)BT-5ISBT-6BT-7BT-7MBT-20D-38MT-25T-46
Lend-Lease Lights TetrarchM3A1 StuartM24 Chaffee
Command Light Tanks BT-TUKBT-7T-26PT (early)T-26PT (late)
Medium Tanks Standard Medium Tanks A-20A-32A-34A-43KV-13T-22T-24T-28 (193219341938E 19381940M8595)T-29T-34 SeriesT-34 M1940T-34 M1941T-34E M1941T-34 M1941/1942T-34 M1942T-34 M1942/1943T-34 M1943T-34 M1943/1944T-34MT-34M M1942T-34-57 M1941T-34-57 M1943T-34-57 M1944T-34-85 M1943 (early)T-34-85 M1943 (late)T-34-85 Model 1944T-43T-44T-112
Lend-Lease Mediums Matilda IIMatilda IV M4A2 "Sherman" M4A2(76)W "Sherman"
Flamethrowing Medium Tanks OT-28OT-34 M1941OT-34 M1942OT-34-85
Heavy Tanks Standard Heavy Tanks A-7 IS-1IS-100IS-2IS-3IS-4IS-6IS-7KV-1 (19391940E 194019411942S 1942)KV-3KV-4KV-5KV-7KV-9KV-10KV-11KV-85KV-100KV-122KV-220KV-221KV-222SMKT-32T-35-1T-35-2T-35AT-35BT-39T-100T-150U-14
Flamethrowing Heavy Tanks KV-8 KV-8S KV-8MKV-12
Self-Propelled Guns SPAA GAZ-72SU-8SU-11SU-17SU-72T-60-ZT-70-ZT-90ZSU-37ZUT-37
SPATG GAZ-71ISU-122 (-1-2-3S)KhTZ-16OSU-76SU-26SU-31SU-71SU-76SU-76iSU-85SU-85BSU-85iSU-85MSU-100SU-100USU-101SU-102SU-122PSU-122-44ZiS-30
SPG BT-5ABT-5ATBT-7AISU-130ISU-152 (-1-2)KV-2 (107)KV-14OSU-76SU-1SU-3SU-6SU-7SU-10SU-14-2SU-18SU-45SU-122 (-3M)SU-130SU-152T-26-4
SPH AT-1S-51SU-2SU-5 (-1-2-3)SU-14
SPRA BM-8-24KV-10RBT-5
Miscellaneous Bridge-related IT-26IT-28ST-26
Transport & Towing ATPHTZ KomunarKomiternStalinets 2S-60S-65STZ-5 StalingradecT-20 KomsomoletsT-26TT-26T2VoroschilovetsYA-12
Half-Tracked Vehicles
Combat Armoured Cars BA-30BA-64Z
SPAA M15A1 CGMCZiS-42ZSU-17
SPATG GAZ-TKSU-57ZiS-41
Utility Transport Autocar 2½-ton HalftrackB-3GAZ-60M2 HalftrackM5 HalftrackNATI-3ZiS-22ZiS-33ZiS-35ShZiS-42ZiS-42M
Wheeled Vehicles
Combat Armoured Cars BA-IBA-3BA-5BA-6 (M)BA-9BA-10 (M)BA-11 (D)BA-20BA-21BA-27 (M)BA-64BA-NATIBADBAD-2D-8D-12D-13FA-2FAI (M)GAZ-TKPB-4PB-7LB-23LB-62
Railroad Armoured Cars BA-6 ZhDBA-10 ZhD (M)BA-20 ZhDBA-64 ZhDBAD-2 ZhDFAI ZhD
SPAA 94-KM SPAAGChevrolet G7107 SPAAGGAZ-AAA SPAAG
SPATG KSP-76SD-57 (N)ZiS-31
SPH SU-1-12SU-12
SPG SU-4
SPRA BM-13-16
Utility APC BA-64E
Medical BA-22
Motorcycles BSA-M20
Transport GAZ-63
Trailers KP-42KP-43
Sources
Books Online Documents
Russian Armoured Cars 1930 - 2000
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