|This page is about the Swedish tank destroyer Pvkv II. For other uses, see LT-38 (Family).|
The Pansarvärnskanonvagn II is a rank III Swedish tank destroyer with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB) and 4.0 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury".
Survivability and armour
The Pvkv II shares the same hull as the Strv m/41, and thus the hull armour is identical. While adequate for the light tank, the armour is no longer sufficient against the considerably greater firepower that the Pvkv II faces.
It also features a massive open-top turret that is very thinly armoured and very vulnerable to even heavy machine guns. The turret, and vehicle in general, is rather cramped, thus a penetrating hit usually results in critical damage to multiple modules and crew members.
Aircraft are also a very dangerous threat, as even light machine guns will shred the crew through the open roof.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
Being based on the Strv m/41, the Pvkv II's mobility is somewhat poorer due to the massive turret and heavy gun mounted. The reverse speed is also quite poor, at only 5 km/h. It is thus a relatively clumsy and unwieldy vehicle to drive.
Due to the relatively high center of gravity, care must also be taken not to allow the vehicle to roll over onto its side when driving on slopes or making turns.
Modifications and economy
The Pvkv II mounts a 7,5 cm lvkan m/37 A anti-aircraft gun modified for the anti-tank role. This gun is quite powerful but has a very low rate-of-fire for its calibre, likely due to the rather cramped nature of the vehicle. The gun mounting is angled downwards, allowing for an excellent 14° of gun depression, though the gun elevation is limited to only 17°. The turret allows for full 360° traverse.
The gun starts with the very mediocre slpprj m/41 uncapped AP shot that has good penetration but tends to ricochet and has rather anaemic post-penetration effects. The gun only starts to really shine once the Tier IV slpgr m/43 APCBC shell is unlocked. With this shell, the Pvkv II gains even better penetration than the Delat Torn and Pvkv m/43. The APCBC shell also has a highly lethal 110 g TNT filler.
The gunsight has a considerable amount of magnification, making aiming at long range targets much easier.
|75 mm lvkan m/37 A||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)
|32||25 (+7)||17 (+15)||1 (+31)||No|
- Turret empty: 17 (+15) shells.
There is one 8 mm ksp m/36 machine gun mounted in the front hull, though its utility is rather limited due to the limited traverse and elevation.
|8 mm ksp m/36|
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Usage in battles
The Pvkv II is a classical tank destroyer that does best in a good hull-down position where it can snipe at long range. The combination of great gun depression, a fully rotating turret, and an amazing gunsight allow for considerably more flexibility than conventional casemate tank destroyers. However, it is a very fragile vehicle, especially to air attacks, and it must be played carefully accordingly. It is especially well-suited to long-range fights due to a combination of a powerful high-velocity gun and good optics, as well as the inherent fragility of the vehicle.
Pros and cons
- Excellent high-velocity gun once APCBC is unlocked
- Excellent gun depression of -14°, allowing it to combat in hills comfortably
- Excellent gunsight magnification of 16x, can easily see targets kilometers away
- Fully rotatable turret
- Decent mobility
- Poor stock uncapped AP shot
- Slow reload for a 75 mm gun
- Large, very thinly armoured turret with an open top
- Poor reverse speed
- High optical zoom results in noticeably higher shell drop in the sights than comparable guns, can make it more difficult to aim and track targets
In the immediate postwar years and going into the Cold War, Sweden found itself woefully under equipped for any potential new conflict breaking out. Particularly when talking about tanks, the Swedish military was mostly relying on outdated light tanks and tank destroyers of the WWII era, while only possessing a handful of modern vehicles, adequate for modern requirements.
Although the immediate solution to the problem would be to procure suitable new tanks, this wasn't an option for the Swedish military in the postwar period as the armed forces found themselves subject to many budget cuts and thus lacked adequate funding to procure new vehicles.
Instead, the Swedish military put out a set of requirements to convert existing tanks into more capable tank destroyers by outfitting them with large caliber anti-aircraft cannons. The conversion was envisioned to be quick and very cost-effective and act as a stopgap solution to the problem at hand.
As a result, one of the vehicles that came into being under this programme was the Pvkv II - a Strv m/41 converted into a tank destroyer by having its old turret replaced with a new one, housing a 75mm converted AA cannon. Despite proving itself as a capable vehicle during comparative tests with the AMX-13, only two prototypes were built as by 1953, the Swedish military soon adopted the Strv 81 (Centurion Mk.3), thus eliminating the need for conducting further work on the project.
Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:
- reference to the series of the vehicles;
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|Sweden tank destroyers|
|Spj fm/43-44 · Ikv 72 · Ikv 103 · Pvkv II · Pvkv m/43 (1946) · Pvkv m/43 (1963) · Pvrbv 551|
|SAV 20.12.48 · Sav m/43 (1944) · Sav m/43 (1946) · UDES 33|