currently researching and need opinions on;




 
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December 26th, 2004  
chewie_nz
 

Topic: currently researching and need opinions on;


this;

December 26th, 2004  
rocco
 
isnt that sweedish? a 1 man tank? for defensive purposes? however it is redundant now... low profile but no turret. gun fixed on the chassis
December 26th, 2004  
AlexKall
 
Yeah its the S tank (the picture name hehe), well i could defenetly give you swedish text but i guss thats not that wanted?

"Stridsvagn 103, commonly known as S-tank, was developed in the late 1950s by Bofors to meet requirements of the Swedish Army. Strv 103 is unique in that the 105 mm gunis fixed in the glacis plate and is aimed in traverse by pivoting the vehicle on its tracks, and in elevation by adjusting the hydropneumatic suspension from -10 to +12, with driver acting as gunner. It is armed with a automatic loaded 105 mm gun firing anti-tank rounds (APFS/-DS), HE (high explosives) and smoke rounds, empty cartridges cases being autmomatically ejected from the rear. It has three 7.62 mm machine guns (two parallell with the main gun, and one on the commander's cupola), Model 58. Normal range for firing the gun is up to 2,000 m and rate of fire is 10 rounds/min.

Strv 103 weighs 39.7 tonnes and has a crew of three: commander, driver, also operating as gunner, and the radio operator, also function as driver when the tank is going in reverse. Maximum road speed is 50 kph. On-road and off road ranges are 390 and 150 km, respectively.

Strv 103 is currently equipped with a float-skirt and can be made ready for fording within 30 minutes. The driver stands on a special platform and steers with reins. After fording, the vehicle can be made ready for action again within 10 minutes.

All Strv 103s are fitted with a dozer blade, and can be fitted with mineclearing rollers at the front of the hull.

Stridsvagn 103C has recently been phased out and replaced by Stridsvagn 121 and 122 (Leopard 2)."

Found this from the link you got the picture at
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December 26th, 2004  
chewie_nz
 
was it any good though? i would figure that the lack of turret would be a disadvantage?
December 27th, 2004  
rocco
 
on the battlefield of today that thing would be wiped out by a T-59 imo (rofl)
it is a indigenous design, ment for defence. needs to turn toward target to fire, 105mm cannon. uses hydrogas suspension arms to raise or lower the gun. 6 foot 3 inch profile, autoloader, crew of 3...

we all know what the swedes are replacing these relics with now...
December 27th, 2004  
rOk
 
 
That's a good defensive weapon. And that's the reason why it has no turret. The Swedes would be using them as mobile gun emplacements waiting still for the enemy to appear.
Because of it's size and silhouette it was perfect to repel a frontal enemy tank strike in those days, however the dynamics of war have shifted so greatly in the last couple of years that it has truly became obsolete.
December 27th, 2004  
chewie_nz
 
cheers guys.

it's one thing to rattle off spec but opinion really counts. cheers
December 27th, 2004  
AlexKall
 
http://www.historic-battles.com/Arti...vagn%20103.htm

Some info about the different versions 103, 103B and 103C
December 27th, 2004  
Charge 7
 
 
Well like the old German Sturmgeshutz it is likely cheap to make, but flank it and it's toast. Probably more of a "feel good" (see this gun next to us?) type weapon than anything practical.