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General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
front / side / backArmour
10 / 10 / 10Hull
15 / 10 / 0Turret
8.8 tWeight
38 km/h forward
8 km/h back
34 km/h forward
8 km/h back
37 mm 61-K cannonMain weapon
260 roundsAmmunition
5 roundsBelt capacity
160 shots/minFire rate
-5° / 85°Vertical guidance
26 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
100 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 300 / 1 686/800 / 1 037/1 530 / 1 984Repair
29 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
100 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
400 Ge icon.pngAces
× (142) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle


The ZiS-43 is a rank III Soviet self-propelled anti-aircraft vehicle with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/RB/SB). This SPAAG was introduced in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai". A 37 mm cannon placed in an anti-aircraft turret on a ZiS-42M half-track chassis, the ZIS-43 was a prototype built in November 1942 which underwent testing but never entered production.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Structural steel (Gun mount)
  • Wood (Truck bed)
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Driver's cabin 10 mm (20-82°)
7.5 mm Hatches and Doors
10 mm (14-27°) 10 mm (6°) 10 mm
Turret 15 mm (2-32°) 10 mm (4-6°) N/A N/A
Cargo bed 10 mm 10 mm 10 mm 10 mm


  • Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick, tracks are 7 mm, wheels are 2 mm thick.
  • Due to the vehicle hurried construction, it is mostly a patchwork of 10mm steel plates welded onto the underlying chassis.
  • The turret crew have their heads visible from the front and sides. They are fully exposed in the rear and above.


Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons) Add-on Armor
weight (tons)
Max speed (km/h)
8.7 N/A 38 (AB)
35 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 128 ___
Realistic/Simulator 80 ___
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 14.71 __.__
Realistic/Simulator 9.19 __.__


Main armament

Main article: 61-K (37 mm)
61-K (37 mm)
Capacity (Belt capacity each) Fire rate
260 (5) 160 -5°/+85° ±180° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 32 44 __.__ __.__ __.__
Realistic 21 25 __.__ __.__ __.__
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
1.3 __.__ __.__ 1.0

Usage in battles

Despite the vehicle potent armament, it is not built for direct front-line combat. It is poorly armoured, tall, slow and unstable. If necessary, it is possible to penetrate most vehicles sides or rear but sticking to anti-aircraft duty will yield the best results. Do not stay in spawn however, most planes will attack your teammates busy fighting instead of you.

Pros and cons


  • 37 mm is deadly to anything it penetrates, planes or tanks
  • Most vehicles can be engaged at close range if needed
  • Low armour means APHE won't always fuze
  • Most light machine guns will struggle to penetrate
  • Fairly high penetration (70 mm)
  • Full turret rotation
  • Cabin does not hinder penetration, unlike other half-tracks
  • Four crew members allow you to continue with only two after taking damage


  • Very tall for self-propelled anti-aircraft vehicle
  • Slow fire rate allows planes to fly between shots
  • High recoil causes the entire chassis to wobble, making continuous fire extremely inaccurate
  • Sluggish
  • Extremely vulnerable to 12.7 mm machine guns
  • Slow turret traverse
  • Needs to advance in order to turn
  • Armor protection is not sufficient to stop aircraft fire
  • Vulnerable to artillery strikes
  • Can be hull-broken


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See also

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  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
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USSR anti-aircraft vehicles
Based on trucks  GAZ-AAA (4M) · GAZ-AAA (DShK) · KB ZIS BTR-152A · GAZ-MM (72-K) · ZiS-12 (94-KM) · ZiS-43
Other  ZUT-37 · ZSU-37 · ▂Type 65 · ZSU-57-2 · ZSU-23-4 "Shilka" · ZPRK 2S6 "Tunguska"