Strv m/38

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Strv m/38
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Strv m/38
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The Stridsvagn m/38 (shortened Strv m/38) was a Swedish light tank developed by AB Landsverk on the basis of the L-60. It was the first variant of the L-60 adopted by the Swedish army. Production name was L-60 S-I, which meant it was the first series used by Sweden. The Strv m/38 was later phased out when the later series were produced from 1939.

It was introduced along with the initial Swedish ground forces tree in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury". Strv m/38 is a light tank with a good mobility and comes with an APDS round which is uncommon for early vehicles; this significantly increases its firepower and makes it more capable of engaging with heavier armoured vehicles.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull13 / 13 / 13
Turret15 / 13 / 13
Crew3 people
Visibility70 %

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 13 mm (58°) Upper glacis
13 mm (46°) Lower glacis
13 mm (31°) Upper plate
13 mm (19-26°) Driver bulge
13 mm (15°) 9 mm (23°) Top
13 mm (33°) Bottom
13 mm (32°) Front glacis
9 mm (8°) Front
4-5 mm Middle
5 mm (4°) Rear
Turret 13 mm (14°) Turret front
15 mm (6°) Gun mantlet
13 mm (14°) 13 mm (20°) 5 mm
Cupola 13 mm (16°) 5 mm


  • Suspension wheels, tracks and torsion bars are 15 mm thick.


Speedforward / back
AB52 / 7 km/h
RB and SB47 / 6 km/h
Number of gears4 forward
1 back
Weight8.8 t
Engine power
AB271 hp
RB and SB142 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB30.8 hp/t
RB and SB16.1 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 52 7 8.8 220 271 25 30.8
Realistic 47 6 126 142 14.32 16.14

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
Total cost of modifications3 440 Rp icon.png
154 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost190 Ge icon.png
Crew trainingfree
Experts1 000 Sl icon.png
Aces10 Ge icon.png
Research Aces80 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
10 / 10 / 10 % Sl icon.png
100 / 100 / 100 % Rp icon.png
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
440 Rp icon.png
19 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
380 Rp icon.png
17 Sl icon.png
45 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Improved Parts
Mods extinguisher.png
Improved FPE
Mods tank reinforcement sw.png
Crew Replenishment
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
440 Rp icon.png
19 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
380 Rp icon.png
17 Sl icon.png
45 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
540 Rp icon.png
25 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
Mods art support.png
Artillery Support
420 Rp icon.png
19 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
420 Rp icon.png
19 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
420 Rp icon.png
19 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png


Main armament

Ammunition100 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
4.1 → 3.1 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 20°
Main article: kan m/38 (37 mm)
37 mm kan m/38 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 100 -10°/+20° ±180° N/A 15.2 21.1 25.6 28.3 30.1 4.03 3.57 3.29 3.10
Realistic 9.5 11.2 13.6 15.0 16.0


Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
slpprj m/38 APBC 59 55 41 28 19 13
slpgr m/39 APHE 55 51 37 26 17 12
3,7 cm slpprj m/49 APDS 115 111 95 78 64 52
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
slpprj m/38 APBC 785 0.74 - - - 47° 60° 65°
slpgr m/39 APHE 800 0.74 1.2 9 15 47° 60° 65°
3,7 cm slpprj m/49 APDS 1,150 0.3 - - - 75° 78° 80°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Strv m/38
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
100 81 (+19) 71 (+29) 61 (+39) 51 (+49) 41 (+59) 34 (+66)
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
28 (+72) 21 (+79) 14 (+86) (+92) (+99) No


  • Shells are modeled by sets of 3, 4, or 5. They disappear from the rack only after you've fired all shells in the set.
  • Hull lower sides only: 41 (+59) shells.

Machine guns

Ammunition2 250 rounds
Belt capacity250 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate649 shots/min
Main article: ksp m/36 (8 mm)

The Strv m/38 is armed with a 8 mm ksp m36 machine gun, useful for hitting lightly armoured AA vehicles.

8 mm ksp m/36
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 2,250 (250) 649 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

The Strv m/38 provides the player with a fast, manoeuvrable light tank boasting effective firepower for its BR. As a light tank, the armour cannot be relied upon to stop enemy fire, being too weak to stop even .50 cal MG fire. However, it has access to APDS, which allows it to punch through all opponents at its BR and even most tanks a rank above. Because of the excellent APDS shell, it is advised to keep it as your primary shell, but keep a few APBC shells to finish lighter opponents, as the APDS has poor post-penetration damage.

Even with weak armour, the Strv m/38 can be reliably depended upon even in uptiers with its speed, and as well as its penetration power (with the APDS shell), matching the likes of the German Pz.III series. The only drawback to this shell is the poor post-penetration damage, which calls for a playstyle relying on well-placed shots on enemy vehicles. This is why it's advised to aim for the turret or engine using the APDS shell, when unsure if your APBC shell will actually penetrate at all.

On rough uneven terrain, a viable tactic is to use your excellent gun depression to hit tanks on from a hull-down position.

Pros and cons


  • Has access to a high-penetrating APDS shell with an amazing 105 mm of penetration
  • Effective in up-tiers with the APDS against heavy targets like the B1 bis and the Valentine I
  • Quick reload rate
  • Good -10° of gun depression means that it can adapt to different terrains well
  • Has a small size compared to other reserve tanks
  • Effective mobility - max speed of 51 km/h


  • APDS round has no explosive filler, multiple shots will be needed to finish off an enemy
  • Has a slow reverse speed (-6 km/h) that may put the player at risk
  • Armour is inadequate to resist any shells
  • 5 mm roof armour can be penetrated by common aircraft, such as the ones with 12.7 mm and 20 mm guns


The Landsverk L-60 was a Swedish tank developed in 1934, and included several advanced design features such as torsion bar suspension, periscopes rather than view slits and all-welded construction. The Strv m/38 was the earliest variant of the L-60 accepted into Swedish service, with 15 ordered in 1937 and delivered in 1939. Unlike other exported variants of the L-60, the m/38 did not see combat use due to Swedish neutrality during the Second World War.



See also

Related development

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AB Landsverk
Light Tanks 
L-10  Strv m/31
L-60  Strv m/38 · Strv m/39 · Strv m/40L
Pbil m/40  Pbil m/40
Strv 74  Strv 74
Unimog 404  U-SH 405
Medium Tanks 
Lago  Lago I · Strv m/42 EH · Ikv 73 · Strv m/42 DT
Tank Destroyers 
Ikv 72  Ikv 72 · Ikv 103
Pvkv m/43  Pvkv m/43 (1946) · Pvkv m/43 (1963)
Pvkv II/III  Pvkv II · Pvkv III
SPAA  Pvlvv fm/42 · L-62 ANTI II

Sweden light tanks
L-60  Strv m/38 · Strv m/39 · Strv m/39 TD · Strv m/40L
Strv m/41  Strv m/41 S-I · Strv m/41 S-II
Ikv 91  Ikv 91 · Ikv 91-105
CV 90  Strf 9040B · Strf 9040C · Strf 9040 BILL
  CV 90105 · CV 90120
Wheeled  Pbil m/40 · U-SH 405
Other  Strv m/31 · Strv 74 · Pbv 501
Finland  Vickers Mk.E · ▄T-26E · BT-42 · ▄PT-76 · CV9030FIN · CT-CV 105HP