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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 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).

The Vagn Eldledning AutomatKanon 40 (English: "Wagon Fire-control AutoCannon 40"), or VEAK 40 for short, was introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury". It's armed with two 40 mm Bofors L/70 autocannons (Swedish designation: lvakan m/48) which each have a fire rate of 300 rounds per minute. 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 %
External armour on the VEAK 40 Internal armour on the VEAK 40

The frontal armour of the VEAK 40 is roughly 15 mm thick all around with very limited sloping angles to back it up. The gun mantlet, roof of both hull and turret, as well as the back are 5 mm thick and vulnerable even to 40 mm HE, as well as 7.62 mm MG at flat angles.

Heavy machine guns can knock it out by firing at the turret from all directions. The turret is also very big and boxy and also houses all of the vehicles ammunition and crew, thus a shot there 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. There is also a small internal screen to protect the turret compartment from stray shots. Attack to the lower hull usually leaves the vehicle combat capable.

The radar is placed too high to let vehicle hide behind a hill line, but it can be turned off and hidden behind the SPAA to reduce probability of a hit.

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


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


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 1,030 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
AB4 845 → 6 235 Sl icon.png
RB4 201 → 5 406 Sl icon.png
SB5 088 → 6 548 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications77 500 Rp icon.png
130 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 000 Ge icon.png
Crew training78 000 Sl icon.png
Experts270 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces670 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
130 / 170 / 200 % Sl icon.png
190 / 190 / 190 % Rp icon.png
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
4 000 Rp icon.png
6 500 Sl icon.png
165 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
3 600 Rp icon.png
5 800 Sl icon.png
150 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
3 600 Rp icon.png
5 800 Sl icon.png
150 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
6 700 Rp icon.png
11 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
8 700 Rp icon.png
14 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
8 700 Rp icon.png
14 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Improved Parts
2 600 Rp icon.png
6 500 Sl icon.png
165 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
Improved FPE
2 300 Rp icon.png
5 800 Sl icon.png
150 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement sw.png
Crew Replenishment
6 700 Rp icon.png
11 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
4 000 Rp icon.png
6 500 Sl icon.png
165 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
4 000 Rp icon.png
6 500 Sl icon.png
165 Ge icon.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
3 600 Rp icon.png
5 800 Sl icon.png
150 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
3 600 Rp icon.png
5 800 Sl icon.png
150 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
6 700 Rp icon.png
11 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods art support.png
Artillery Support
8 700 Rp icon.png
14 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png


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 extremely good stats in all regards. Excellent rate of fire, excellent velocity and excellent effect against both aircraft and tanks.

The downside compared to 35 mm counterparts is the questionable accuracy. It is also really easy to spend half of the ammunition without even noticing - each gun consumes a clip every 10 shots, but the UI presents it as 20 shots in the same box, which might be confusing. To avoid confusion, always divide current amount of clips by 2.

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


The ammunition of the VEAK 40 is below average for its type. The penetration values even of the AP ammunition is too low to penetrate any heavy tank, but it can penetrate lighter tanks through weak spots in the majority of situations.

  • Default: SAPHEI · HEFI-T
  • slsgr m/36C: HEFI-T · HEFI-T · HEFI-T · SAPHEI
  • slpprj m/42B: AP · AP · AP · HEFI-T

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
SAPHEI 68 64 49 35 25 18
HEFI-T 9 9 8 6 5 4
AP 95 90 72 55 42 32
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
SAPHEI 880 1 1.2 9 38 79° 80° 81°
HEFI-T 850 1 0.1 0.1 44 79° 80° 81°
AP 910 1.2 - - - 47° 60° 65°

Ammo racks

rack empty
rack empty
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). Due to the characteristics of its main weaponry there is rarely a need to use the secondary machine gun, but it can be used when suppressing ATGM carriers, not that the Bofors are unable to accomplish this.

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 anti air guns that can take out any aircraft within 3 km. The guns also have 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 non-existent 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 armored 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 aggressively and using your high speed, stabilized guns and high fire rate to defeat enemy tanks. The radar mast retracts behind the turret like on a lot of other radar SPAAs when turned off, allowing you to become slightly less visible. Turning it off may be a good choice, if you are not looking to be spotted as easily if you believe enemies may be nearby.

Pros and cons


  • Twin 40 mm lvakan m/48 cannons are very effective against air units
  • Has a lot of meaningful options for ammo belts:
    • Has SAPHEI/HE belt like the early Swedish SPAA to obliterate poorly armoured vehicles and exploit weak spots
    • AP belt has 3/1 composition and can penetrate medium battle tanks hulls from the side with some effort given
  • Has a pintle-mounted machine gun for maximum suppressing fire, unlike other SPAA
  • Radar is a Combined Search and Tracking radar, can track targets through a full 360°, will not randomly alert other aircraft while focusing on one
  • Radar folds back when turned off, reducing profile


  • Inaccurate
  • Both guns use the same belts, meaning ammo will run out twice as fast than what UI tries to convey
  • 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 mantlet, roof and sides)
    • Can be taken out by even rifle-calibre machine guns
  • Radar has poor range, compared to others of its type, prone to collisions when fighting multiple aircraft in close proximity
  • Can be easily spotted due to a large turret profile and tall radar mast
  • Engine is very loud, can easily give away your position while moving
  • Not as versatile as the ItPsV 90, with its poor silhouette, speed, and AP options it generally ends up being used solely as AA


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See also

Related development
Other vehicles of similar configuration and role

External links

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AB Bofors
Strv 103  Strv 103-0 · Strv 103A · Strv 103С
Tank Destroyers  SAV 20.12.48 · Bkan 1C
SPAA  Lvkv 42
Radar  VEAK 40
See Also  BAE Systems AB
  *Saab Bofors Dynamics

Sweden anti-aircraft vehicles
SPAA  Pvlvv fm/42 · Lvtdgb m/40 · Pbv 301 · Lvkv 42 · U-SH 204 GK
Radar SPAA  VEAK 40 · Lvkv 9040C
SAM  Lvrbv 701 · ASRAD-R
Finland  L-62 ANTI II · ▄ZSU-57-2 · ItO 90M · ItPsV Leopard