|This page is about the Swedish light tank CV 90120. For other versions, see CV90 (Family).|
The Combat Vehicle 90120 is a rank VII Swedish light tank with a battle rating of 11.3 (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. Also be aware, your main goal should be to not receive any enemy fire.
- Rolled homogeneous armour (hull, turret, underbody)
- Composite armour (applique armour on hull)
- Rubber-fabric screens (side skirts)
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull|| 20 mm (78°) Upper glacis
20 + 20 mm (29°) Middle
20 mm (41-52°) Lower glacis
20 mm (38°) Driver hatch
| 6 + 20 mm Top
10 + 5 mm Bottom
|20 mm (16°)||20 mm (88°)|
|Turret|| 20 mm (2-74°) Cheeks
35 mm (28-29°) Gun mantlet
10 mm (9°) Gunner optics
|20 mm (12°, 42°)||20 mm (8-15°)||20 mm (82-88°)|
- Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick, and tracks are 15 mm thick.
- Side skirts are 5 mm thick, and the underbody is 9 mm thick.
- Additional composite armour plates on the hull are 20 mm thick.
- Engine, radiator and external fuel tank are separated from the crew compartment by several 10 mm thick of internal RHA screens.
- A 10 mm thick of internal RHA screen is set in front of the driver to protect it from small fragments.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
Despite beating other top-tier vehicles with incredible mobility, the CV 90120 achieves comparatively fast 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 fast, 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. In addition, it gets an upgraded DI16 engine with 120 more horsepower, which results in improved power and torque. Although not comparable to tanks such as the Strv 121 in terms of acceleration, 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) (kg)
|45||26 (+19)||13 (+32)||7 (+38)||1 (+44)||No|
- The autoloader magazine contains 12 rounds.
|12.7 mm ksp 88|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
Usage in battles
The CV 90120 has minimal armour only meant to withstand small arms fire and indirect shrapnel. Despite this, it's rather versatile due to its mobility, reload, and the powerful slpprj m/95 round. Your playstyle can make use of the autoloader, the m/95 round, 3rd gen thermals, and LWS (laser warning system) to snipe at long ranges (along with the added benefit of the CV 90120's mobility to reposition or get to sniping spots quicker), or you can make aggressive flanks to utilize the 5-second reload and take out or disable enemies before they can even react. Try to stay away from the frontline as your armour is effectively useless no matter the range. Its incredible reverse speed and acceleration will always make it easy to dip in and out of cover, retreat when damaged, or to simply reposition yourself, and with its autoloader, you can afford to lose a crewmember (during a firefight) while retaining all combat efficiency. With the slpprj m/95 round, you can penetrate almost all vehicle in the game from the front at any range (excluding areas such as the turret cheeks on the Leopard 2A5 series and M1A2, and some areas of Russian MBTs). The stock shell is a HEAT-FS shell and the DM23 APFSDS round is a tier I modification. Although entirely usable, it is subpar compared to m/95 round, but holds its own against tanks at its BR until a better round is available. 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 to your strengths and keeping your weaknesses in mind more than you would a normal MBT, you can make the most of this vehicle.
With a reload of 5 seconds, it shares a quick reload with the aced Challenger 2 and the aced 105 mm Abrams, beating the Leclerc and any other tank's aced crew. Only the Type 90 and Type 10 beat its reload. This means that if you get the first shot off, and either their return shot misses or you disable their cannon, you can quickly take them out before they have a chance to fire again. Once spaded, it packs an insane amount of firepower for a light tank, dishing out 600 mm of penetration downrange every five seconds, and can cripple distracted players.
The CV 90120 has the commander sight feature with a powerful zoom (24x). With the laser rangefinder and thermals, this enables players to swiftly acquire and fire at enemy players and thus enhances the CV 90120's potential in long-range engagements.
Pros and cons
- Excellent gun and reload, with access to the slpprj m/95 round, the Swedish designation of the CL3143/M322
- 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
- Being a light tank, it has access to scouting and the "Airstrike" modification (reduced spawn cost for friendlies destroying enemy tanks you've scouted)
- Equipped with an autoloader: reload takes place even while extinguishing a fire or if a crew member gets knocked out
- Short reload time, at 5 seconds
- 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
- Outstanding optics: 24x zoom for commander, great FOV, with third generation thermals for both gunner and commander
- If you only bring 13 shells, the hull space directly under the turret will be empty, which could render poorly placed shots meaningless (though it would be somewhat inadvisable due to the 5 second reload, potentially starving you of ammo).
- Nonexistent armour, can be penetrated by heavy machine guns on the side and autocannons in the front
- Vulnerable to overpressure damage
- No top machine gun for anti-helicopter and aircraft defence
- 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 the doorknob-shaped commander's optic on the roof of the turret
- Taller and longer profile compared to all other tanks with the CV90 chassis
- Turret is mounted far back on the hull: it can be a little awkward peeking backwards, but exposing the entire hull can be dangerous
- Its speed, combined with its somewhat slow vertical turret-traverse rate, can make firing on the move over rough terrain difficult.
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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|BAE Systems AB|
|CV90||Strf 9040B · Strf 9040C · Strf 9040 BILL · CV 90105 · CV 90120|
|Strv 122||Strv 122A · Strv 122B PLSS|
|See Also||AB Bofors · Hägglund & Söner · KMW|
|Sweden light tanks|
|L-60||Strv m/38 · Strv m/39 · Strv m/39 TD · Strv m/40L|
|Strv m/41||Strv m/41 S-I · Strv m/41 S-II|
|Ikv 91||Ikv 91 · Ikv 91-105|
|CV 90||Strf 9040B · Strf 9040C · Strf 9040 BILL|
|CV 90105 · CV 90120|
|Wheeled||Pbil m/40 · U-SH 405|
|Other||Strv m/31 · Strv 74 · Pbv 501|
|Finland||Vickers Mk.E · ▄T-26E · ▄PT-76 · CV9030FIN · CT-CV 105HP|