Strv 103-0

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T-72AV (TURMS-T) PACK
This page is about the gift Swedish medium tank Strv 103-0. For other versions, see Strv 103 (Family).
Strv 103-0
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Strv 103-0
AB RB SB
7.7 7.7 7.7
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Description

The Stridsvagn 103-0 is a premium rank V Swedish medium tank with a battle rating of 7.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced as a pack vehicle in Update 1.95 "Northern Wind". It was removed from the store after the May 2021 sale but was reintroduced in Update "Direct Hit" as a premium vehicle purchasable in-game for Golden Eagles Ge icon.png.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull40 / 30 / 30
Turret0 / 0 / 0
Crew3 people
Visibility73 %
Msg-info.png With a superbly sloped front hull armour, incoming kinetic rounds are prone to harmlessly bounce off, though chemical rounds will typically do some damage. Side, rear and top armour of the vehicle are weak, most aircraft can penetrate the roof, especially if they have 20 mm rounds or larger. With a total of three crew members, survivability after taking hits tend to be slim. However, the Strv 103 series are the only tanks that can operate with only one crew member! A major drawback is without transmission/engine you can no longer manoeuvre the hull to aim left or right. Check out the Strv 103 Family here!
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 40 mm (77°) Upper Glacis

40 mm (74°) Lower Glacis

30 mm +10 mm Upper

30 mm Lower

30 mm 20 mm
Cupola 35 mm 35 mm 35 mm 20 mm

Notes:

  • Main gun - 25 mm
  • Machine guns - 10 mm
  • Tracks - 20 mm
  • Suspension - 15 mm
  • The crew compartment is lined with 10 mm RHA
  • Storage boxes - 10 mm

Mobility

 
Controlled suspension
It is possible to adjust the ground clearance or more complex suspension positions
Speedforward / back
AB56 / 49 km/h
RB and SB50 / 44 km/h
Number of gears7 forward
6 back
Weight35.0 t
Engine power
AB1 030 hp
RB and SB540 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB29.4 hp/t
RB and SB15.4 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 56 49 35 732 1030 20.91 29.43
Realistic 50 44 478 540 13.66 15.43

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB3 500 Sl icon.png
RB3 400 Sl icon.png
SB4 100 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts590 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 300 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 550 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 100 / 150 / 150 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 202 / 202 / 202 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
Tracks
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Mods tank reinforcement sw.png
Crew Replenishment
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Mods tank ammo.png
105mm_usa_HESH_ammo_pack
Mods tank ammo.png
105mm_us_M416_Smoke_ammo_pack
Mods night vision device.png
NVD
Mods tank laser rangefinder.png
Laser rangefinder
Mods art support.png
Artillery Support
Mods tank ammo.png
105mm_sweden_APDS_ammo_pack

Armaments

Laser rangefinder
Reduces the error and increases the maximum measurable distance of the rangefinder
Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Main armament

Autoloader
Automatically feeds projectiles into the breech. The speed does not depend on the skills of the loader
Ammunition50 rounds
Reload4.0 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 12°
Main article: L74 (105 mm)
105 mm L74 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 50 -10°/+12° N/A N/A 33.6 33.6 40.8 45.1 48.0 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00
Realistic 21.0 21.0 25.5 28.2 30.0

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
slpprj m/61 APDS 303 302 296 277 257 252
slpprj m/62 APDS 260 258 250 240 231 222
slsgr m/61A HE 23 23 23 23 23 23
slspgr m/61 HESH 127 127 127 127 127 127
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
slpprj m/61 APDS 1,500 4 N/A N/A N/A 75° 78° 80°
slpprj m/62 APDS 1,450 4.5 N/A N/A N/A 75° 78° 80°
slsgr m/61A HE 680 15.5 0 0.1 1,830 79° 80° 81°
slspgr m/61 HESH 760 11.4 0.05 0.1 3,150 73° 77° 80°
Smoke shell characteristics
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Screen radius
(m)
Screen deploy time
(s)
Screen hold time
(s)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
rökgr m/61 330 18.7 20 5 25 50

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Strv 103-0
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
50 46 (+4) 41 (+9) 36 (+14) 31 (+19) 26 (+24)
6th
rack empty
7th
rack empty
8th
rack empty
9th
rack empty
10th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
21 (+29) 16 (+34) 11 (+39) (+44) (+49) No

Note:

  • Shells are modeled individually and disappear after having been shot or loaded.

Machine guns

Ammunition2 750 rounds
Belt capacity250 rounds
Reload8.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
Main article: ksp 58 (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm ksp 58
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 1,375 (250) 600 N/A N/A
Coaxial 1,375 (250) 600 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

The Strv 103-0 is a heavily angled tank offering 40 mm armour sloped at 77 degrees able to bounce almost any kinetic round in the game from the front. However a HEAT-FS round will penetrate right though the armour. It also lacks any ERA or composite protection, its rear armour is 30 mm thick, the flat sides have an additional 10 mm plate bringing their total thickness to 40 mm, and the roof is a measly 20 mm thick.

In order to stay alive, it is important to always have your front pointing towards the enemy. Its 105 mm L74 cannon is able to offer a maximum penetration of 303 mm. It may seem low compared to other tanks in-game, however with a skilled commander who utilise the map and who can stay stealthy is able to become the Tanker version of the legendary Viking called Erik the Red.

One of the great advantages of this tank is its pure survivability, its crew is all located behind the engine and transmission. However one of the weaknesses is also this crew survivability, any shot that is able to penetrate from the side will knockout the engine and transmission, worse case causing fires or disabling the tank in combat allowing the enemy tanker to flank to the rear or sides and fire a single shot into the Strv 103-0 ammo racks or crew compartments.

The ideal playstyle is to play the tank as an ambusher, stay in the bushes then pop out and fire, reverse and then move to another location, with the idea being to press the attack from their rear and cause mayhem.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Operational with only 1 crew member remaining
  • The gun has good penetration and damage
  • Four second reload time makes it much easier to dispatch enemy tanks
  • The frontal armour is heavily sloped, which makes it quite tough even though being only 40 mm thick
  • Has a tiny profile, making it much easier to hide in realistic and simulator battles
  • Because the engine is located at the front most shots will not go through the whole tank if they penetrate and will simply be absorbed
  • Has a 10 mm gun shield that will block most shrapnel.

Cons:

  • The sloped frontal armour becomes redundant if angled incorrectly
  • Very thin side and rear armour, any gun larger than a machine gun can go through
  • The turret is fixed to the hull and cannot swivel
  • APFSDS and APDS shells will go straight through the lower front plate, most of the time no matter the angle

History

Strv 103-0 is the prototype series before the head series with Strv 103A was delivered to the Swedish army. After the trial of the two trial vehicles S1 and S2 in 1961, Sweden ordered 10 pre-series Strv 103 which would become the 0-series. They were not finished until 1963, where they were put on trial to be combined with different vehicles to see how to efficiently utilize the tank system in squad and organization attempts. These attempts would have a great impact on how the Strv 103 would be shaped and molded and so the evaluation of the Strv 103 began that would last from 1963 till 1966. It only took half a year before it was decided that the Strv 103 "S" would become Sweden's new tank.

The trials with the 0-series worked well, the test results from the field testings, squad and organization attempts were favourable for the Strv 103-0 and it was not until 1964 that Sweden placed an order in a total value of around 500 million kr (SEK) which would total in 70 Strv 103 being produced to the first main series Strv 103 which would be designated Strv 103A. The main series tank order delivery started by 1967 giving the 0-series to be put to trials until the end of 1966.

Devblog

In the immediate postwar years, Sweden began looking for a replacement to the Centurion tanks, then in service with its army. The most straightforward solution was to once again look into the export market for potential candidates, although engineers were already working on a domestic design - the Kranvagn. While this process was ongoing, an engineer by the name of Sven Berge came up with a radical new tank design in 1956.

This new vehicle featured a turretless design with a cannon fixed to the hull, which would be trained onto its targets with the precise use of an adjustable suspension system. The design was based on results from a study on tank crew casualties during WWII and the Korean War, which showed a correlation between tank height and hit probability. As such, the 'S-Tank' was kept very small in dimensions and low in profile, while also utilizing some innovative new engineering solutions, such as a mixed power plant consisting of a diesel engine and a gas turbine.

In 1959, the Swedish government approved the construction and testing of two prototypes. In 1960, a pre-production batch of 10 vehicles of the '0-serie' was ordered for field trials, which went on into the mid '60s. Generating more than favorable test results, the vehicle was formally ordered into production and procured as the 'Stridsvagn 103'.

Despite its original purpose being to replace the Centurion tanks in the Swedish Army, the Strv 103 ended up serving alongside it for a number of decades, until it was ultimately decommissioned in the late 1990s. By that time, 290 Strv 103s were built, spanning over five variants.

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See also

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External links


Sweden medium tanks
  Lago I · Strv m/42 EH · Strv m/42 DT · Ikv 73 · Strv 81 · Strv 81 (RB 52)
  Strv 101 · Strv 103-0 · Strv 103A · Strv 103С · Strv 104 · Strv 121 · Strv 122A · Strv 122B PLSS

Sweden premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  Strv m/39 · Strv m/41 S-I · CV 90105 TML
Medium tanks  Strv 81 (RB 52) · Strv 103-0
Tank destroyers  Ikv 73 · SAV 20.12.48