The wholly unconventional Stridsvagn was filled with improvements. It was the primary manufacturing AFV powered by a turbine engine (two, the truth is) and the one one made since WW2 that did not have a turret. With out it, the S-Tank regarded non-threatening, virtually weak.
Some quibble that it should not even be labeled as a tank as a result of it would not have a turret, however the low-profile design allowed it to hunker down and stay hidden till it might ambush an invader. To defend the nation, after all.
The 103 was fitted with an autoloading Bofors 105mm L/62 primary gun mounted contained in the hull. It is the identical gun discovered within the U.S. army’s legendary Abrams tanks and fires the identical rounds because the British 105 mm L7. Since spent shells have been additionally autoejected by way of a flap out the again, this distinctive setup allowed the Stridsvagn to be operated by solely two crew members. Whereas the driving force additionally acted because the gunner, a second crew member labored the radio and will drive the tank in reverse when wanted. This stored the extra closely armored entrance going through the enemy.
Two engines initially powered the 103 and have been mated to a completely computerized transmission. The primary engine was a 240 hp Rolls-Royce K60 opposed-piston diesel used for sluggish maneuvers in fight, whereas the second — a 300 hp Boeing 502 turbine – was used for velocity. The Boeing was ultimately changed with a 490 hp Caterpillar turbine, which boosted the tank’s horsepower to over 700 and reached a high velocity of 31 mph.