The Stridsvagn 74 (Strv 74) was a medium tank in service with the Swedish Army during the Cold War. It was developed from the Stridsvagn M/42 chassis and was deployed to complement the batch of Centurion main battle tanks, which had been acquired by the Swedish government from Great Britain and known in Sweden as the Stridsvagn 101. More than 200 Strv 74 tanks were produced by the firm Landsverk at the end of the 1950s in two variants; the 74 H and the 74 V. They had the same armament, armor, and engine; they only had different transmission systems.

The Stridsvagn 74 was armed with a 75-mm gun, which had specifically been designed for this tank. It was powered by a 170-hp, Scania-Vabis 607, gasoline engine. Its armor protection consisted of 80-mm-thick steel plate on the front of the turret and 45-mm-thick on the hull front. Due to its underpowered gun and high profile turret, the Strv 74 was useless in tank against tank combat operations, specially against the Soviet tanks. Thus, it was relegated to infantry fire support role until it was phased out at the beginning of the 1980s.

Specifications

Type: medium tank

Hull length: 6 m

Width: 2.43 m

Height: 3 m

Weight: 22.5 tons

Maximum speed: 45 km/h

Stridsvagn_74

Stridsvagn-74

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