Pvkv m/43 (1946)
The Pansarvärnskanonvagn m/43 (1946) is a rank III Swedish tank destroyer with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury".
Survivability and armour
Survivability is bad. It's most likely that you won't survive more than one hit. Additionally, if your driver gets taken out, or even worse, your engine or transmission is damaged, you can only shoot in a small area in front of the tank due to the turretless design. Your frontal armour has a maximum effective thickness of around 80 mm of rolled homogeneous armour, which won't save you at this br. On the side, you have 30 mm maximum protection, and on the rear 25 mm. Hull armour is exactly the same as the Strv m/42 EH, since they both share the same hull. Also, because the vehicle is open top, you're very vulnerable to aircraft. Even 7 mm MGs can destroy you in one or two bursts.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
The mobility of the Pvkv m/43 (1946) is nearly identical to the Strv m/42 EH. Driving forward, it can easily reach 40 km/h, even on rough terrain, so you will likely be one of the first vehicles at the cap. While shining when moving forward, the tank destroyer is painfully slow in reverse, with a maximum of 5 km/h.
Modifications and economy
The main gun is the 75 mm pvkan m/43 cannon. While having excellent penetration and speed values, the reload is, considering the calibre and the open top, pretty long at 8.7 seconds with unskilled crew. In comparison, the German 75 mm guns only take about 6.5 seconds to reload. The tank destroyer has no turret, it can only move the gun in a 33° arc in front of the tank. The gun depression of 15° is excellent, however the elevation of 20° is only below average.
The gunsight has an excellent magnification of 8x-16x, which is amazing! Most opponent will have around 1.5x-3x.
|75 mm pvkan m/43||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
The stock shell is the slpprj m/41 uncapped AP shot with decent penetration, but poor post-penetration values. Also, it tends to ricochet. Once you unlock the slpgr m/43 APCBC shell, which is unfortunately a Tier IV modification, you have almost the best gun at the battle rating. The shell is the same as used from the Pvkv II, though it has slightly less penetration than the Pvkv II because of the lower muzzle velocity, at 890 vs 940 m/s. Though its a bit slower, with 149 mm at point black range, you won't have problems destroying any tank you can face. Also the shell does high post penetration damage, because of the 110 g TNT filler.
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|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)
|43||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__|
The Pvkv m/43 1946 has a 8 mm ksp m/36 machine gun mounted on a ring above the commander, where it can traverse 360°, and elevate 65°.
|8 mm ksp m/36|
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Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
- Excellent gun for its BR
- Very effective APCBC round with high velocity and amount of explosive filler
- High magnification of x8.0-x16.1 - most tanks at the battle rating only have x1.5-x3.0
- Very good gun depression
- Machine gun can elevate to 90° and has a high ammo capacity of 2,000 rounds
- Trajectory of machine gun follows both APCBC and AP rounds trajectories close enough up to ~500 m
- Decent mobility
- Turretless design
- Low survivability
- Poor reverse gear
- Machine gun performs poorly against lightly armoured vehicles and aircraft
- Low versatility
- Long reload relative to its opponents
- Open top means enemy planes are able to strafe the vehicle and easily knock out the crew
- Poor stock uncapped shell - bounces often
During World War 2, the need for tank destroyers became evident, and Germany had great success with the StuG III and StuG IV. Because of the success of those platforms, Sweden decided to create a tank destroyer similar in concept to the StuG's. Landsverk created a design in 1942, based on the chassis of the Strv m/42. It was chosen by the Swedish military and was given the designation Pansarvärnskanonvagn m/43, or Pvkv m/43 for short.
The Pvkv m/43 used the chassis of the Strv m/42, but with a casemate superstructure replacing the turret. The superstructure was located at the front of the vehicle, and the glacis was sloped. It had an open tarp to keep the weight down, and used a tarp to protect the crew from the elements. The Pvkv m/43 had a crew of 4, and was initially armed with a 75mm luftvärnskanonen m/36 antiaircraft gun, modified with a longer barrel for increased armour penetration. The gun could traverse 15 degrees to the left and right. It had a Ksp m/39 machine gun as the secondary armament. It was powered by a Volvo A8B engine producing 360 hp. The gearbox was different than the gearbox of the Strv m/42, and the drive wheels had to be reinforced to handle the increased weight of the vehicle. The Swedish military ordered 87 Pvkv m/43 in 1942, but deliveries were delayed and the last vehicle was delivered in 1948.
In 1954, the vehicle was given an armoured roof to better protect the crew. Other improvements included a muzzle break, a gun rest, and a gas ejector. The Strv m/41 was retired from service in 1957, which allowed the two Scania-Vabis L603 engines per vehicle to be used in the Pvkv m/43. The two L603 engines produced less horsepower (320 hp) than the Volvo A8B, but were much more reliable. In 1970, the Pvkv m/43 was retired from service, and the guns were used in static fortifications until 1995.
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- Pansarvärnskanonvagn m/43. (2020, April 6). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pansarv%C3%A4rnskanonvagn_m/43&oldid=949440407
|Sweden tank destroyers|
|Spj fm/43-44 · Ikv 72 · Ikv 73 · 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) · U-SH 405 · UDES 33|