Stridsvagn 122

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Stridsvagn 122
Stridsvagn 122 02.jpg
Type Main battle tank
Place of origin Germany
Service history
In service 1997-present [1]
Used by Swedish Army
Production history
Manufacturer BAE Systems AB
Unit cost US$5.74 million[citation needed]
Produced 1994-present
Number built 120 (91 license-produced in Sweden)
Variants Strv 122
Strv 122B
Weight 62.5 tonnes (61.5 long tons; 68.9 short tons)[1][2]
Length 9.97 m (393 in) (gun forward)
Width 3.75 m (148 in)
Height 3.0 m (120 in)
Crew 4

Armour 3rd generation composite; including high-hardness steel, tungsten and plastic filler with ceramic component.
1 x 120 mm Rheinmetall L44 smoothbore gun
42 rounds
2 x 7.62 mm Ksp m/94
4,750 rounds
Engine MTU MB 873 Ka-501 liquid-cooled V-12 Twin-turbo diesel engine
1,500 PS (1,479 hp, 1,103 kW) at 2,600 rpm
Power/weight 24.19 PS/t (17.79 kW/t)
Transmission Renk HSWL 354
Suspension Torsion-bar suspension
Ground clearance 540 mm
Fuel capacity 1,200 liters (317 US gallons; 264 imp. gal)
550 km (340 mi) (internal fuel)[1][2]
Speed 68 km/h (42 mph)[1][2]
Stridsvagn 122 during an urban warfare exercise, 2006

Stridsvagn 122 (Battle Tank 122) is a modified version of the German-built Leopard 2A5, utilizing newer technology such as command, control, and fire control systems, as well as reinforced armor and long-term combat capacity. Externally, the vehicle can be distinguished from the Leopard 2A5 by the French GALIX smoke dispensers, different storage bins, and the thicker crew hatches.[3] The Strv 122B, a variant equipped with modular AMAP composite armour from IBD Deisenroth, provides "360° protection" against threats such as EFPs, RPGs and IEDs.[4] The width of exactly 4 metres (13 ft) has been kept, while the weight increases by only 350 kilograms (770 lb).[4]


The Stridsvagn 122 was designed to fight in Swedish conditions including heavily forested areas as well as urban terrain.[citation needed] It also had to overcome the perceived flaws of the original German tank, and features the following abilities:[5]

  • Heavily reinforced armor to protect against man-portable anti-tank weapons.
  • An advanced CBRN defense system for protection against chemical, biological and radioactive weapons.
  • Wading capability to pass through water up to 1.4 m deep.
  • Quick ability to discover, identify and lock on a target with the assistance of a laser rangefinder, infrared sights, and a speed/distance/accuracy calculator for maximum accuracy.
  • Ability to lock onto numerous targets at once, enabling the tank to fight numerous enemy vehicles without having to manually re-aim the gun after every shot.
  • Active communication for improved cooperation between units.

Production and Service[edit]

As of 2013, 120 of these tanks remain in active service. Most of the 160 Leopard 2 A4s (local designation Strv 121) that were originally leased are being returned to Germany.[6] The active tanks are divided between three regiments, namely Skaraborgs regemente, södra skånska regementet, and Norrbottens regemente.

Comparison with other main battle tanks[edit]

Comparison of some modern main battle tanks
Sweden Strv 122 United States M1A2 Russia T-90 Germany Leopard 2A5 United Kingdom Challenger 2
Unit cost US$5.74 million[citation needed] US$6.21 million[citation needed] US$4.24 million[citation needed] US$5.74 million[citation needed] £4,217,000[citation needed]
Weight 62.5 t[1][2] 62.1 t 47.5 t 59.85 t 62.5 t
Length 9.97 m 9.77 m 9.63 m 9.97 m 11.50 m
Width 3.75 m 3.7 m 3.78 m 3.75 m 4.2 m
Height 3 m 2.4 m 2.22 m 3 m 2.49 m
Crew 4 4 3 4 4
Armour 3rd generation composite Depleted Uranium composite Composite/reactive 3rd generation composite Dorchester Level 2 (classified)
Main armament 1x 120 mm L/44 Smoothbore Gun 1x 120 mm L/44 Smoothbore Gun 1x 125 mm L/48 Smoothbore Gun 1x 120 mm L/55 Smoothbore Gun 1x 120 mm L/55 Rifled Gun
Main ammunition 42 rounds 42 rounds[citation needed] 42 rounds[citation needed] 42 rounds[citation needed] 52 rounds
Secondary armament 2x 7.62mm machine guns 1x 12.7mm heavy machine gun
2x 7.62mm machine guns
1x 12.7mm heavy machine gun
1x 7.62mm machine gun
2x 7.62mm machine guns Coaxial 7.62 mm L94A1 EX-34 (chain gun),
7.62 mm L37A2 Commander's cupola machine gun
Secondary ammunition 4,750 rounds 900 rounds
10,000 rounds
7,000 rounds 4,750 rounds N/A
Engine 1,500 hp 1,500 hp 1,000 hp 1,500 hp 1,200 hp
Power/weight 24.00 hp/t 24.15 hp/t 26.31 hp/t 25.06 hp/t 19.2 hp/t
Suspension Torsion-bar suspension Torsion-bar suspension Torsion-bar suspension Torsion-bar suspension Hydropneumatic
Fuel capacity 1,200 l 1,900 l 1,200 l 1,592 l
Operational range 550 km[1][2] 425 km[citation needed] 700 km[citation needed] 550 km[citation needed] 550 km[citation needed]
Speed 68 km/h[1][2] 68 km/h 60 km/h 72 km/h 59 km/h


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Lindström, Rickard O. and Svantesson, Carl-Gustaf (2009). Svenskt Pansar 90 år av svensk stridsfordonsutveckling, p. 112. Bookwell, Finland. ISBN 978 91 85789 375.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Swedish Defence Materiel Administration: Leopard 2 - Stridsvagn 122 Facts (Swedish)
  3. ^ Swedish Defence Materiel Administration: Leopard 2 - Stridsvagn 122 (Swedish)
  4. ^ a b "New MBT122B Evolution with Unprecedented Protection" (PDF). IBD Deisenroth Engineering. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Sydsvenskan: Stridsvagnar kör sista varvet" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2014-07-18. Retrieved 2014-09-22. 

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