Lansen C: Not so swedish

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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