VEAK 40

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This page is about the Swedish SPAA VEAK 40. For the other vehicles of the family, see Strv 103 (Family).
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VEAK 40
AB RB SB
8.0 8.0 8.0
Class:
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Description

The Vagn Eldledning AutomatKanon 40 (English: "Wagon Fire-control AutoCannon 40"), or VEAK 40 for short, is a rank V Swedish self-propelled anti-aircraft vehicle with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury". The name VEAK 40 follows Bofors naming scheme, not the Swedish army's naming scheme. Its full historical Bofors-name was Bofors VEAK 40 X 60, VEAK indicating type (tracked vehicle with FC-radar and autocannons), 40 indicating calibre (40 mm) and 60 indicating year of design (1960).

A VEAK 40 keeping the skies clear over Northern Europe.

The VEAK 40 was developed by the Swedish arms manufacturer Bofors by request of the Swedish army as a 1960s next generation Swedish SPAA following the 1940s limited production Lvkv fm/43 SPAA and failed 1950s Lvkv 42 prototype SPAA. A single prototype based on the Strv 103 chassis was built and delivered for testing in 1964. The project was delayed at this point but testing commenced and the vehicle proved to be ahead of its time regarding armament and fire control system. This however made the vehicle too costly and in the end the project had to be scrapped due to resources going to the Swedish air force rather than the Swedish air defense.

The VEAK 40 is armed with two 40 mm Bofors L/70 autocannons (Swedish designation: 40 mm lvakan m/48) which each have a fire rate of 300 rounds per minute and are capable of firing proximity-fused high explosive shells which will airburst and damage aircraft when reaching their vicinity. It has mediocre mobility and subpar protection but does feature excellent vertical and horizontal traverse speed for the guns. It also comes equipped with a tracking and search radar that allows the player to find and track airborne targets within a 12 km radius.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull15 / 15 / 15
Turret15 / 15 / 5
Crew3 people
Visibility143 %
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External armour on the VEAK 40 Internal armour on the VEAK 40

The armour of the VEAK 40 is roughly 15 mm thick all around with very limited sloping angles to back it up. Thus even heavy machine guns can knock it out from all directions. The turret is very big and boxy and also houses all of the vehicles ammunition and crew. Thus a shot to the turret usually results in an ammo rack detonation. The hull however is fairly empty of components and only houses the transmission and engine which are located in their own compartment, resulting in tons of empty space in the hull under the turret. Thus a shot to the hull usually leaves the vehicle combat capable.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Cupolas)
  • Structural steel (Radar mast, Radar dish, Mud skirts, Suspension)
Armour Front (Slope°) Sides [Internal] (Slope°) Rear (Slope°) Roof (Slope°)
Hull 5-15 mm (77°) Front glacis
15 mm (18-71°) Lower glasis
5-15 mm [+5 mm] Upper sides
15 mm Lower sides
15 mm Upper rear
15 mm (13°) Lower rear
15 mm (90°) Roof
4 mm (29-77°) Mud skirts
Turret 15 mm (25°) Upper right sheek
15 mm Upper left sheek
15 mm (26°) Upper right front
15 mm (41°) Upper left front
15 mm (17°) Lower front
5 mm (74°) Upper sides
15 mm Forward sides
5 mm Backward sides
5 mm (73°) Upper rear
5 mm Lower rear
5 mm Roof
15 mm (0-35°) Radar mast
15 mm (0-68°) Radar dish
Cupola 15 mm 15 mm 15 mm 15 mm (44-83°) Cupola dome

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels, tracks and torsion bars are 20 mm thick.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB66 / 21 km/h
RB and SB61 / 19 km/h
Number of gears5 forward
2 back
Weight29.0 t
Engine power
AB1 030 hp
RB and SB540 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB35.5 hp/t
RB and SB18.6 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 66 21 29 767 1030 26.45 35.52
Realistic 61 19 478 540 16.48 18.62
The VEAK 40 moving through though thick snow.

The mobility of the VEAK 40 is excellent. The vehicle is based on the chassis of the Strv 103A and features the same transmission and engine (although currently lacking turbine engine sound) while being 7.9 tons lighter. The engine gives out 540 hp in realistic when fully upgraded, giving this 29 ton vehicle a power to ton ratio of 18.62. This gives the tank great acceleration on shorter distances and allows it to effectively move around the battlefield like the average speedy light tank.

Mobility times on flat paved terrain (realistic)

  • Time to 60 km/h (max effective) forward: > 25 s
  • Time to 20 km/h forward: > 2 s
  • Time to 18 km/h (max effective) reverse: > 2 s
  • Time to rotate 360°: < 8 s

Mobility times on flat grass terrin (realistic)

  • Time to 40 km/h (max effective) forward: < 11 s
  • Time to 20 km/h forward: > 2 s
  • Time to 18 km/h (max effective) reverse: > 2 s
  • Time to rotate 360°: < 8 s

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB6 100 → 7 850 Sl icon.png
RB2 880 → 3 706 Sl icon.png
SB5 780 → 7 438 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications130 900 Rp icon.png
215 500 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 300 Ge icon.png
Crew training120 000 Sl icon.png
Experts420 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces830 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
130 / 150 / 230 % Sl icon.png
208 / 208 / 208 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
6 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
6 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 700 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
6 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 700 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
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Parts
Research:
4 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
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FPE
Research:
4 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 700 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
6 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
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40mm_sw_kan_HE_ammo_pack
Research:
6 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
6 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 700 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
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40mm_sw_kan_APC_ammo_pack
Research:
6 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 700 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Modification route
  • Stage 1 (Primary Route): Like with every tank the first modifications to research should be Parts and FPE.
After those it is best to unlock the ammunition (slsgr m/484 HE-VT* and slpprj m/42B AP). Depending on the desired playstyle you can either go for the HE-VT or AP first. The slsgr m/484 is excellent for taking out aircraft, while the slpprj m/42B is great at taking out tanks in the side.
  • Stage 1 (Alternate Route): If you prefer to sit in the spawn or behind cover and solely shooting at aircraft then a viable alternate route would be to unlock slsgr m/484 HE-VT* as your first unlock (before Parts and FPE).
  • Stage 2: After unlocking Parts, FPE and ammunition you can either go for mobility upgrades or fire-control upgrades depending on the desired playstyle.
If you desire to kill tanks then go for mobility upgrades such as Filters, Engine and Transmission. This will allow you to easily flank and outmanoeuvre enemy tanks with some planning.
If you desire to kill aircraft then go for fire-control upgrades such as Horizontal Drive, Adjustment of Fire and Elevation Mechanism. This will give you one of the best targeting speeds in the game.
  • Stage 3: After unlocking enough performance upgrades for comfort then it is viable to unlock Artillery Support.
Follow this by unlocking the suspension upgrades: Suspension > Brake System > Tracks.
The last upgrade to unlock is Crew Replacement. Due to the limited survivability of the VEAK 40 and its ability to stay fully combat capable without one crew member there is rarely a need to restore a dead crew member.

Armaments

Main armament

Two VEAK 40 combating air targets.
2 x 40 mm lvakan m/48 cannon
Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition420 rounds
Belt capacity10 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
0.6 → 0.5 s
Fire rate300 shots/min
Vertical guidance-5° / 85°
Main article: lvakan m/48 (40 mm)

The VEAK 40 uses two Bofors 40 mm anti-aircraft autocannon L/70 guns, in Swedish service designated 40 mm lvakan m/48. These have extrememy good stats in all regards. Excellent rate of fire, excellent velocity and excellent effect against both aircraft and tanks.

40 mm lvakan m/48 (x2) Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 420 (10) 300 -5°/+85° ±180° Two-plane 74.9 103.6 125.8 139.1 148.0 0.65 0.58 0.53 0.50
Realistic 50.6 59.5 72.2 79.9 85.0

Ammunition

The ammunition of the VEAK 40 is excellent for its type. While not perfect in all regards, for example the effectiveness of HE-VT* ammunition have had varying effectiveness over the years, and the penetration values of the AP ammunition is too low to penetrate any heavy tank at its tier, the ammunition does do its job in the majority of situations.

  • Default: SAPHEI · HEFI-T
  • slsgr m/484: HE-VT* · HE-VT* · HE-VT*
  • slpprj m/42B: AP · AP · AP · HEFI-T
Penetration statistics
Belt Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Default 66 62 48 34 25 18
slsgr m/484 4 4 4 4 4 4
slpprj m/42B 95 90 72 55 42 32
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%
40 mm Default HEFI-T HEFI-T 850 1.0 0 0.1 44 79° 80° 81°
40 mm Default SAPHEI SAPHEI 880 1.0 1.2 9.0 43 79° 80° 81°
40 mm slpprj m/42B HEFI-T HEFI-T 850 1.0 0 0.1 44 79° 80° 81°
40 mm slpprj m/42B AP AP 910 1.2 1.2 9.0 N/A 47° 60° 65°
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Arming distance
(m)
Trigger radius
(m)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
40 mm slsgr m/484 HE-VT HE-VT 988 0.98 0 0.1 120 500 15 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
42 30 (+12) 11 (+31) No

Machine guns

Ammunition1 000 rounds
Belt capacity250 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
Main article: ksp 58 (7.62 mm)

Beyond its main weaponry, the VEAK 40 also features a cupola mounted 7,62 mm FN MAG machine gun, in Swedish service designated 7,62 mm ksp m/58B. This is extremely rare for SPAAs and makes it one of two SPAAs that has a secondary machine gun (the other one being the Lvkv 9040C). However due to the characteristics of its main weaponry there is rarely a need to use the secondary machine gun.

7.62 mm ksp 58
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 1,000 (250) 600 -10°/+50° ±120°

Usage in battles

Two VEAK 40 driving in a convoy.

The VEAK 40 is a fairly basic tier 5 SPAA. It has a radar and effective anti air guns that will easily take out any aircraft even at longer ranges with ease. The guns also has fairly high penetration on its armour-piercing ammo and will easily take out lightly armoured vehicles in the front and the majority of vehicles in the side. Its protection is more or less none existant and the VEAK 40 can even be dealt with using regular low-calibre machine guns.

When playing the VEAK 40 it is best to stay in spawn and shoot at incoming aircraft, or using the great mobility to follow team-mates into battle and support them with suppressive fire and anti-aircraft support. If there are no aircraft to shoot at then it is viable to cruise around the map at high speeds and hunt lightly armoured targets and capture points.

Due to the large profile of the turret there are rarely options for hiding behind cover and thus it is best to play aggresively and using your high speed, stabilized guns and high fire rate to defeat enemy tanks. The radar mast does not retract behind the turret like on a lot of other radar SPAAs when turned off and thus there is rarely any point to turning it off become less visible. Turning it off will however make it stop rotating which will make you less visible, just not by very much.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Twin 40 mm lvakan m/48 cannons are very effective against air units
  • Has access to proximity fuse HE shells
  • Separate ammo belts (fully made of HE or AP)
  • Has a pintle-mounted machine gun unlike other SPAA

Cons:

  • Very easy to destroy since all the ammo and the crew are located in the turret
  • The turret's armour is very thin (only 5 mm covering roof and sides)
  • Can be taken out by even rifle-calibre aircraft armaments

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Sweden anti-aircraft vehicles
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