The Jiefang CA-30 is a military truck used widely by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. It is a direct copy of the Russian ZIL-157 6×6 army truck, and looks mostly identical to it, except that it has square fenders rather than round fenders as on the ZIL-157.
Throughout the 1950’s, the Soviet Army helped China to build up their heavy industries. As part of this plan, China established the First Automobile Works (FAW) in Changchun.Soon after, in July 1956 they introduced the Jiefang CA-10 4×2 army truck, a copy of the ZIS-150. A couple of years later, they introduced the Jiefang CA-30 6×6 army truck. The CA-30, like the ZIL-157, had great cross-country capabilities; and was available in a variety of configurations, including: Cargo/transport, tractor-trailer, shelter, etc… Both the CA-30 and CA-10 were used extensively by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army up until the 1990’s, when they were largely phased out of service. Today, only a few of them remain in service.