The Combat Vehicle 90120 is a rank VII Swedish light tank with a battle rating of 10.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury".
Survivability and armour
The CV 90120 combines the Combat Vehicle 90's chassis with a new turret with a 120 mm CTG cannon. As a result, armour is barely present and can only withstand heavy machine gun from the front. Even autocannons can penetrate its turret and 12.7 mm machine guns can cut clean through its side armour. There is also a chance you will hull break even if no critical modules are damaged, so be aware, your main goal should be to not receive any enemy fire.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
Despite competing against other top-tier vehicles with incredible mobility, the CV 90120 achieves incredibly high speeds on all types of terrain, even when stock. This makes it a lot easier to grind the vehicle, as most priority goes into getting the powerful m/95 round. The CV 90120 reaches speeds of just around 50 km/h quite often, and finds little to no trouble manoeuvring. Another upside is the gearbox, which allows the CV 90120 to move almost equally as fast in reverse. The vehicle is light, and due to the lack of add-on-armour compared to the prior Strf 9040C, the CV 90120 is actually lighter than the 40 mm variant before it. Despite this, the tank has around 150 more horsepower, which results in good torque. Although not comparable to tanks such as the Strv 121, the CV 90120 can definitively stand its own ground in poor conditions.
Modifications and economy
|120 mm CTG||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|45||26 (+19)||13 (+32)||7 (+38)||1 (+44)||No|
One shell is always immediately loaded into the breech upon spawning. This means there's always one shell missing from the ammunition racks.
|12.7 mm ksp 88|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
Usage in battles
As discussed in the armour section, you have minimal armour meant to withstand small arms fire and indirect shrapnel. Your playstyle should involve sitting back and maintaining overwatch of a specific area of the battlefield. Stay far away from the heat of close quarters combat as enemy tanks will have a harder time finding and killing you. With the slpprj m/95 round, you can penetrate any vehicle in the game from the front at any range (excluding areas such as the Leopard 2A5's turret cheeks). The stock DM33 round is, although powerful, somewhat lacklustre compared to m/95, but holds its own against tanks at its BR. You will just have to play more passively and know how to hit weak spots at longer ranges. Use your mobility to flank on large maps such as Maginot Line and (if you have them researched) use your powerful thermal optics to acquire and destroy a target. If the enemy is looking at you and you are too close, reposition and try to make them lose focus on you. By playing more passively and smarter than you would a normal MBT, you can make the most of this vehicle.
With a reload of 5 seconds, it shares the fastest top tier reload with the Type 90 and the aced 105 mm Abrams, beating the Leclerc and any other tank's aced crew. This means that if you get the first shot off, and either their return shot misses or you destroy their cannon, then you can do wonders with the CV90120. It packs an INSANE amount of firepower for a light tank, dishing out 625 mm of pen every five seconds, and can by itself cripple distracted players.
Pros and cons
- Excellent gun and reload, with access to the slpprj m/95 round, which shares identical stats to the Italian CL3143.
- Adequate mobility enabling you to get to an early game position and quickly change positions if spotted or injured.
- The weak armour may reduce the amount of spalling caused by being hit by enemy shells.
- Access to scouting and "Airstrike" ability (reduced spawn cost for friendlies destroying enemy tanks you scouted).
- Equipped with an autoloader: reload takes place even while extinguishing a fire or if a crew member gets knocked out.
- Shares the same amazing reload as the Japanese Type 90 and (aced) British Challenger 2.
- Insane firepower for a light tank - no other light tank has access to a 120 mm gun that can penetrate over 600 mm of armour.
- Non-existent armour, can be penetrated by heavy machine guns on the side and autocannons in the front.
- No top machine gun for anti-helicopter and aircraft defence.
- Susceptible to hull break, ANY chemical charge such as HEAT or ATGM will almost certainly destroy the hull in a single hit.
- The slpprj m/95 round is a tier IV modification and will take some time to get access to it.
- Difficult to hide due to tall profile, with the "doorknob" optic on the roof of the turret.
- Difficult stock grind - many tanks at your BR can withstand HEAT-FS and you are susceptible to hull break.
- Taller and longer profile than all other Strf/CV 90s .
- Turret is mounted far back on the hull: needs to show the entire hull when peeking around corners.
After the CV 90105 TML project, Hägglunds began their own private venture to develop the light tank of the future. Working from their CV 90 chassis, they began tinkering with the Swiss Ordnance 120 mm Smoothbore cannon, to achieve MBT grade firepower. The design principle behind the project was that the vehicle wouldn't require armour if it had the capability to destroy targets before being fired upon. The tank was revealed in the summer of 1998 at the EUROSATORY defence exhibition in Paris. This version was a prototype however, as it took Hägglunds 3 more years to finalize the design. The vehicle would be known as the CV 90120, and is one of the most passionate projects launched by Hägglunds.
The CV 90120 is incredibly light for its weaponry, coming in at just below 20 tonnes excluding the weaponry. The challenge when designing the tank was transferring the recoil from a gun that size, into the chassis, without damaging the tank. The gun was specifically modified and picked for this problem. the CTG (Compact Tank Gun) 120/L50 Smoothbore managed to solve this issue thanks to the lightweight design and strong structure. The gun is semi auto-loaded from the rear of the turret, with reserve ammunition stored in the rear of the chassis, which was previously used as troop transport in the prior CV 90. Later variants, such as the CV 90120-T, the variant reflected in game, would see novel features such as generation 3 thermal imaging, along with smoke grenades, and commanders thermals provided by SAAB.
Hägglunds was bought by Alvis Ltd. in 1997, and later by BAE Systems in 2004. Despite this, the project has continued development. The latest version was revealed in 2011, known as the CV 90120 Ghost. This version is still being worked on, despite lacking any sort of customers. No matter the fate of the vehicle, Hägglunds seem convinced that the future of tank combat isn't survivability, but rather visibility. The CV 90120 Ghost has side-skirts capable of adapting its thermal imaging to look like something else, and the chassis is shaped to reflect radar signature. Hägglunds has made it perfectly clear what their vision on the future is, and along with the Polish PL-01 based on the same chassis, the vehicle remains a concept waiting to prove itself right.
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|Sweden light tanks|
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|CV 90105 TML · CV 90120 · Ikv 91 · Ikv 91-105 · Strv 74 · Strf 9040C · Strf 9040 BILL|