The U-SH 405 is an experimental tank destroyer, developed by the Swedish Landsverk company in cooperation with Daimler-Benz in the late 1950’s. Soon, tankers will have the chance to meet this highly interesting machine on the War Thunder battlefields in update 1.97 ‘Viking Fury’!
U-SH 405, tank destroyer, Sweden, IV rank.
- Devastating AT rocket launchers
- Small profile
- Only anti-shrapnel armor protection
- Limited ammo count
Development of the U-SH 405 began in the late 1950’s, after Landsverk and Daimler-Benz formed a cooperation to further develop the Unimog 404 truck into a family of different military vehicles, ranging from APCs to dedicated tank hunters. Development was initially headed by the Germans, but in 1958, Landsverk took over the lead role in its development.
As part of the ongoing development, Landsverk came up with a dedicated tank hunter variant of the vehicle in 1960, fitted with a pair of Oerlikon 81mm rocket launchers, originally developed for aircraft and helicopter use. A single prototype of the machine was built and trialed, but no production orders were issued.
However, the APC version of the U-SH 405 saw more success, being ordered by the Belgian armed forces in limited numbers. Despite placing an order for around two dozen vehicles, due to various geopolitical reasons, Belgium only received fewer than half of the machines initially ordered. The remainder of the machines built, but not shipped to Belgium were later on sold to the Irish military in the early 1970’s, which used the vehicle until 1978 before retiring it.
In War Thunder, the U-SH 405 will be one of the many new vehicles awaiting tankers in the brand new Swedish ground forces tree, coming to the game as part of the upcoming update 1.97 ‘Viking Fury’! Specifically, the U-SH 405 is a highly interesting Swedish Rank IV tank destroyer, packing a sizable punch for its size!
Visually somewhat reminiscent of the familiar Italian R3 T106, the U-SH 405 is also armed with a set of rather unusual weapons. Unlike its Mediterranean counterpart, the U-SH 405 isn’t armed with two recoilless guns, but instead, with two 81mm rocket launchers. Despite it not seeming like it at first glance, the U-SH 405 does indeed fire unguided rockets instead of more conventional munition types.
While not being the first ground vehicle in the game to be armed with unguided rockets, the U-SH 405 is certainly the first of such vehicles to utilize rockets with a shaped charge warhead as its primary means of dealing with its opponents. In fact, thanks to their high penetrating power, the 81mm rockets are powerful enough to pierce the armor of tanks several ranks higher than the U-SH 405’s own rank.