Stridsvagn 122 tanks from Sweden lit up in Ukraine - the most protected modification of the Leopard 2

In early July, the first of the SV9040 infantry fighting vehicles transferred by Stockholm to Kyiv was destroyed near Kremennaya, and it is expected that the Swedish Archer 155 mm self-propelled guns will soon appear on the equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. At the same time, Stridsvagn 122 tanks from the aforementioned Scandinavian kingdom, which has been showing its “care” for Russia and Ukraine for more than three centuries, have already managed to light up on video from Ukrainian territory.

These tanks Stridsvagn 122 (Strv 122 or Leopard 2S) is a modernized version of the German Leopard 2A5. But the Swedish version has a number of advantages. The Strv 122 has increased armor in the frontal projection and the protection of hatches and the roof of the turret has been seriously strengthened. This is important for Ukrainian tankers, since Russian artillery shells literally "break through the roofs" of the German Leopard 2A4, supplied by the "tank coalition" of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In fact, the Strv 122 is the most protected western tank in service with the Armed Forces of Ukraine, despite the presence of the German Leopard 2A6, which have already been “under distribution” by the RF Armed Forces.

In addition to strengthening the armor, the transferred Strv 122s are also equipped with Barracuda camouflage kits (analogous to the KSSZ "Nakidka" on the T-90M), which reduce the visibility of a heavy tracked vehicle in the thermal and radar ranges. The transferred CV9040 infantry fighting vehicles are equipped with similar kits. The Swedish government reported that it sent 10 Strv 122 units to Ukraine out of 120 available to the army of the kingdom.
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  1. Anton Kuzmin Offline Anton Kuzmin
    Anton Kuzmin (Anton Kuzmin) 14 July 2023 12: 32
    Tanks designed and manufactured in the Wild West, in principle, have very weak horizontal armor of the turret roof and MTO. From here, it is dangerous to place dynamic protection units from above. They can stupidly break through the armor of their own tank.

    Well, since now most of the tanks are being destroyed by what flew not in the forehead and not on the side, but from above, then, consider that the Wild West and its lackeys do not and cannot have full-fledged tanks. So the strengthening of the frontal reservation does not really matter. The same "Cornet" will not only pierce, but will pierce with a guarantee that ordinary armor, or reinforced.

    Well, since I'm not the only one so smart in the world, the Wild West has not been producing full-fledged tanks for a long time. Only rebuilds the old ones.
    And the new ones are both Swedish and American declared light, with a mass of 28-38 tons. And they are sharpened to protect the forehead from 30mm shells, and the rest of the projections from 12.7mm. That is, in fact, these tanks are really light, maximum medium. But not MBT or heavy. In terms of booking, the new ones correspond to Western BMPs.