|This page is about the Swedish medium tank Strv 122A. For other versions, see Leopard 2 (Family).|
The Stridsvagn 122A is the Swedish first subvariant for the Leopard 2A5, which is the sixth variant of the Leopard 2 main battle tank family. The Stridsvagn 122A is distinguished from the Leopard 2A5 largely by the French GALIX smoke dispensers, different storage bins, and thicker crew hatches. Everything else remains the same as on standard Leopard 2A5. The Leopard 2A5 (launched in mid-1998) differs from previous variants in appearance due to the addition of wedge-shaped spaced add-on armour over the entire front as well as the forward sides of the turret. This wedge-shaped space add-on armour is designed to deflect and erode kinetic-energy penetrators as well as neutralize a hollow charge before it reaches the base armour. The shot-trap effect was investigated and avoided as a result of the first layer, which does not deflect penetrators into the hull, as well as angle calculations and the material utilized for the outer layer. As a result, the gun mantlet had been altered to accommodate the new wedge-shaped spaced add-on armour. In addition, the complete composite armour composition has been altered and improved. Spall liners were fitted in the crew compartment to prevent fragmentation, and the frontal area of the side skirts was upgraded and fortified. The turret traverse and systems were completely electric to decrease weight and simplify maintenance and reliability. The tank commander's vision was placed beyond the hatch, and thermal imaging equipment was fitted separately. The gunner's sight was also moved to the turret roof (earlier versions had it incorporated into the front turret armour cavity). The driver's hatch has been modified as well. The entire gun brake system was updated because this type was scheduled to be upgraded to the new 120 mm Rheinmetall L/55 tank gun in the future Leopard 2A6 variant.
Introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury", the Stridsvagn 122A variant provides higher turret protection than the preceding Stridsvagn 121 variant due to the addition of wedge-shaped spaced add-on armour covering the frontal area and forward flanks of the turret. Despite the fact that it is a spaced add-on armour, the characteristic wedge-shaped design effectively disrupts and reduces the energy of incoming enemy tank ammunition rounds, resulting in significant armour penetration reduction. The tank layouts are identical to the Stridsvagn 121, however, crew positions alter slightly. The tank commander's sight has been significantly enhanced, giving him an independent sight equipped with thermal imaging equipment, which offers hunter-killer capabilities.
Survivability and armour
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|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
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|___ mm||___ - ___ mm|
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|Cupola||___ mm||___ mm||___ mm||___ mm|
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Modifications and economy
The 120 mm kan Strv 122 is a Swedish license-produced version of the Rheinmetall L/44, and has access to slpprj m/95 APFSDS rounds. However, players who have not unlocked it yet, or who cannot afford the cost of said ammunition on an already exorbitantly expensive tank to repair, will be treated to the DM23 round, which, whilst adequate for most targets, is less reliable.
The gun handling is excellent, featuring a fast turret traverse and fast gun elevation akin to most of its contemporaries, such as the M1A2 and Leopard 2A5. The reload is also comparable to the M1A2 and 2A5, being able to go down to 6.0 s. This is slower than other MBTs such as the Type 90 (B) and Challenger 2 (2F), and as fast as the Leclerc, which benefits from an autoloader.
|120 mm kan Strv 122||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)
|42||16 (+26)||1 (+41)||No|
Optics and night vision
|Strv 122A Optics|
|Type of optic||Magnification||Night Vision Devices|
|Gunner's Sight||X4.0 - X12||-||-||-||500 x 300||Thermal imager unlocked by "NVD" modification (tier 3)|
|Commander's View||X6||-||-||-||800 x 600||Thermal imager unlocked by "NVD" modification (tier 3)|
|Driver's View||X1||800 x 600||5.0||High||Not Fitted||Image intensifier unlocked by "NVD" modification (tier 3)|
The Strv 122 possesses a coaxial and a pintle-mounted 7.62 mm machine gun. Whilst ineffective against armour, they are able to deal with bushes, and lucky shots against aircraft may set their engine ablaze or hit their pilot.
|7.62 mm ksp 94|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
Usage in battles
Playing like the average Main Battle Tank should suffice. Compared to most tanks, the frontal armour and turret are better protected, meaning the tank can be played more aggressively. Hiding the lower mantlet is still required to avoid opponents exploiting a weak point.
Pros and cons
- A very well armoured MBT with even fewer weak spots (UFP)
- There is a thick layer composite armour covering the roof
- Good speed and manoeuvrability
- Equipped with high-penetrating APFSDS shells and powerful HE shells
- Gen 2 thermal sights for the commander, with a well elevated commander view
- Lower frontal plate is still a weak spot
- Turret ring is the main target for enemy tanks
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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 medium tanks|
|Strv m/42||Lago I · Strv m/42 EH · Ikv 73 · Strv m/42 DT · Pvkv IV|
|Centurion derivatives||Strv 81 · Strv 81 (RB 52) · Strv 101 · Strv 104 · Strv 105|
|Strv 103||Strv 103-0 · Strv 103A · Strv 103С|
|Strv 121/122||Strv 121 · Strv 122A · Strv 122B PLSS|
|Other||Sherman III/IV · T 80 U|
|WWII||▄T-28 · ▄T-34 · ▄Pz.IV · ▄T-34-85|
|Post War||▄Comet I · ▄Charioteer Mk VII · ▄T-54 · ▄T-55M · ▄T-72M1 · ▄Leopard 2A4 · ▄Leopard 2A6|