Since the Lansen C was just released in World of Tanks, I’ve decided to write this article to show you the truth about the Swedish Lansen C.
SP15 and I already had a laugh at it when it was first announced as it’s a frankenstein of a tank.
While I don’t know much about the Lansen from the perspective of Sweden, i know a lot about the Swiss changes to the Lansen which basically made it a completely new tank that looked like the original Lansen.
First of all: The Lansen itself was initially a 75 mm Armed light tank with a maximal armor thickness of 50mm on the Turret and 38mm on the hull. In addition, the 105mm gun the Lansen C gets is wrong, Lansen C never even was considered with a gun of that caliber. Other Lansen designs possibly had it, though since I don’t know the story from the Swedish side, i can’t confirm nor deny that. The Lansen C also never was planned with the Volvo engine that WG ended up giving it.
Secondly Lansen C was a swiss made design in collaboration with sweden and less sweden designing it for the swiss.
As Wargaming had mentioned was the Lansen had multiple gun options such as a 84mm ( 20pdr) gun with the length being L/65, which would have resulted in the maximal possible recoil the Lansen could have handled, They also suggested a L/75 84mm gun, but that would have been to much for the tank to be able to withstand. another plan was it to mount a 90mm L/60 gun which would have barely been able to fit in the turret, but the Muzzle velocity would have to be reduced to 800-850 m/s and a projectile weight of merely 11 kg in order for the tank to withstand the recoil.
There were many other guns suggested for the Swiss/Swedish lansen, but none exceeded 90mm and they all had relatively light shells and had about 170mm of penetration on average, with the best round having 195mm.
Now as for the Lansen C itself; There were 3 designs created by the Swiss military, Lansen Variante A, Variante B and Variante C, each subsequent variant getting thicker armor. While Variante A had 30% thicker armor than the Swedish version of the Lansen, Variante B has 50% thicker frontal armor and 30% better side and rear armor than the base model and Variante C had 100% better frontal armor and 50% better side and rear armor than the base Lansen. In addition to that there were 3 engine options, 2x SLM Winterthur ( Schweizerische Lokomotiv- und Maschinenfabrik Winterthur) engines, each with 200 hp, 1x 400 hp Maybach engine or 1x 600 hp Morane engine.
In addition to the guns, armor and engine changes there were also suggestions to change the suspension in order to cope with the increased weight of the vehicle as Lansen C with its suggested 28.3 tons was 5.3 tons heavier than the Swedish version of the Lansen at 23 tons.