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BM-13 Icon COH2 Soviet
BM-13 'Katyusha' Rocket Truck
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A BM-13-16 'Katyusha' Rocket Truck.
Army Soviet Army
Role Artillery (support) unit
Unit Cost 360CoH2 Manpower Icon 360
85CoH2 Fuel Icon 85
12CoH2 Population Icon 12
Upkeep per Minute 18CoH2 Manpower Icon 18
Prereq. None
Produced By Mechanized Armor Kampaneya
Primary armament x16 132mm "M-13" rockets
Secondary armament none
Primary armament damage 80
Primary armament penetration 50 (all)
Firing Range 50 to 200 meters
Sight Range 35
Health 160Icon Health Small 160
Armor 7 (front)
5 (rear)
Max. Speed 6.9 m/s
Abilities (2)
Rocket barrage
  • Fires 16 132mm rockets at a target area
  • Recharge: 110 seconds
  • Costs nothing


Creeping Barrage

  • The Katushya fires its rockets into the targeted area in a line formation.
  • Costs 40CoH2 Munition Icon 40

The BM-13 Katyusha rocket truck is an artillery unit fielded by the Soviet Union in Company of Heroes 2. It is capable of shooting deadly rockets from a respectable distance, raining destruction on unarmored targets. This unit offers the Soviet army the artillery capacity they need: It is more mobile and thus safer than a mortar and has the ability to take out static units from a faraway distance.

Overview[]

It is a formidable unit when used right, but easily falls prey to virtually any enemy unit. The Katyusha does not fire rockets on its own; instead, the player must use the (free) ability: rocket barrage. Upon activating, the rocket launcher will fire four volleys of four rockets with a short pause in between. The rockets have trouble damaging armored units though, but wreak havoc on infantry units: 16 rockets can wipe out multiple squads. After firing the rockets, the ability will be locked until the cooldown expires. Note that accuracy decreases the farther the designated firing location is! One risky tactic is to drive the Katyusha up close to the target and fire the volley, but be sure to bring escorts and make sure the area is safe.

The Katyusha rocket truck will usually, if well-preserved, gain veterancy sooner or later. Upon achieving veterancy 1, the rocket truck will gain the precision barrage. This very powerful ability will hit a designated small location with deadly precision with one volley. Each use costs 60 munitions. This ability will always be deadly accurate. Do notice that the rocket barrage and the precision barrage share the same cooldown: using one ability will also lock the other. Further veterancies do not really constribute to the katyusha's performance.

In multiplayer, it is replaced with creeping barrage. The Katyusha fires rockets following a line rather than in a circular area.

Weaknesses[]

The Katyusha is arguably the weakest unit in the game in a face-to-face confrontation: It has no direct weapon whatsoever. What's worse, the rockets cannot fire from nearby. Couple that with 160 Icon Health Small and pathetic armor, and you have a sitting duck. This means that the katyusha must never ever be in firing range of an unit. Keep them safe behind your front lines. Even then, keep a close eye on the unit. One sneeze and they're dead, whether it be tank cannon, Panzershreck rocket, AT Gun shell or Walking Stuka barrage (one hit will often result it being destroyed or abandoned). Even bullets can tear this unit apart easily.

Counterfire may also exist in the form of panzerwerfer or walking stuka barrage or doctrinal artillery fire: the Soviet player should move the katyusha away to avoid this fate after firing every volley, especially if the rockets have hit the enemy: the enemy can clearly see your katyusha in the fog for a second or two! 

Veterancy[]

Veterancy1 CoH2 Level 1 Veterancy:
  • "Creeping Barrage" is unlocked. (precision barrage for campaign)
Veterancy2 CoH2 Level 2 Veterancy:
  • -20% scatter
  • -20% barrage recharge
Veterancy3 CoH2 Level 3 Veterancy:
  • +33% range of the barrage.
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