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Stridsvagn (Strv) m/38

Two tank battalions were envisioned in 1936 but budgetary constraints reduced it to one, consisting of light machine gun tank[ette] m/37 (48 ea) and medium tank Stridsvagn m/38 (16 ea).

Stridsvagn m/38 was a Landsverk L-60, a development from the L-10 (Strv m/31) which already had a welded chassi but the torsion bar springs were a novelty. The welded chassi and the 37 mm gun contributed to a tank that was light in relation to its protection and armament.

Until 1941 these 16 tanks were the only ones which could engage other armoured vehicles. In the spring of 1941, 20 of the successor, Strv m/39 (modified L-60), were delivered. It could use add-on frontal armour.

Strv m/38 had a place in the organisation until 1957.

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Specifications

Manufacturer

Landsverk, Sweden

Manufacturer's designation

L-60

Swedish military designation

Strv m/38

Protection

6-15 mm

Armament

1 st 37 mm kanon Bofors m/38. 2 st 8mm ksp m/36.

Manufacturing year

1938-1939

Vehicles produced

> 200 (incl. Hungarian license production - Toldi)

Vehicles in service in Sweden

16

Engine

Scania-Vabis, in-line 6-cylinder watercooled overhead valve engine. 470 cu-in. 142 hp.

Transmission

Manual, 5-speed gearbox.

Weight

18 700 lbs.

Top speed

28 mph.

Crew

3

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