The Pansarbil m/39 or Lynx was a Swedish 4x4 armoured car that AB Landsverk began developing in 1937 for the Danish Army.

Pansarbil m/39
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TypeArmored car
Place of originSweden
Service history
Used byDenmark
Sweden
Dominican Republic
WarsWorld War II
Dominican Civil War
Production history
DesignerAB Landsverk
ManufacturerAB Landsverk, Volvo
No. built48
Specifications
Mass7.8 t
Length5.1 m
Width2.28 m
Height2.2 m
Crew6

Armorup to 13 mm
Main
armament
Madsen 20 mm cannon or
Bofors 20 mm m/40 cannon
Secondary
armament
3 x 8mm Ksp m/39 light machine gun
Engine6-cylinder petrol
135 hp
Suspension4 x 4
Operational
range
200 km
Speed70 km/h

The Lynx had a low slung body with well sloped, but thin, armour. The 140 hp Scania-Vabis petrol engine was in the middle on the left side. The crew consisted of six troops; a forward driver and hull machine gunner, two similar positions in the rear hull, and two crew in the revolving turret which mounted a 20mm Madsen cannon and a coaxial light machine gun.

Three vehicles were delivered to Denmark in April 1938, but a further batch of fifteen were still awaiting delivery to Copenhagen when World War II broke out in 1939. These were then confiscated by the Swedes who employed them as the Pansarbil m/39 and ordered a further thirty units for the Swedish Army. As Landsverk lacked the capacity, the new batch was manufactured by Volvo, and hence powered by a Volvo engine, designated Pansarbil m/40.

All Swedish cars were fitted with a Bofors 20 mm akan m/40 automatic cannon instead of the Madsen.

In 1956, 13 of the m/39s were sold to the Dominican Republic.

Further readingEdit

  • Leland Ness (2002) Jane's World War II Tanks and Fighting Vehicles: The Complete Guide, Harper Collins, London and New York, ISBN 978-0-00-711228-9

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