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World of Tanks Strv S1 - 11 Kills 7,1K Damage
Medals received: Pool's Medal, High Caliber, Top Gun
The Strv S1 is a Swedish tier 8 premium tank destroyer.
The development of an advanced tank for Swedish army was performed by Sven Berge. First drafts of the unique vehicle were developed in 1956. By 1961, the design of the new vehicle was finalized, and a wooden prototype was built. Later, the first Strv S1 prototype was built and used for testing of the new type of suspension, which allowed for vertical aiming of the rigidly mounted gun. The Strv S2 prototype was developed by the end of 1962. Both prototypes became the basis for the mass production of the Strv 103 tank.
The Stridsvagn S1 is practically a T8 version of the 103-0, with somewhat similar mobility and handling. Like its T8-10 brethren, playing style is ultimately defined by the so-called siege mode. This limits the tank destroyer greatly in an offensive role - while mobility is fair when in travel mode, siege mode (which lets you actually aim vertically) limits you to 9-10km/h. Furthermore, aiming and moving is a challenge at best, which somewhat limits the usefulness of the low profile and good tank/gun depression. It's recommended to try at least the UDES before you buy a S1 - as the siege mode mechanics is not for everyone.
Unlike the 103-0 and 103B, it gets overmatched by guns over 90mm. That means it can be useful against up to T8 medium tanks, but very few heavy tanks (Caernarvon being the exception as of 9.19). This limits how effective the tank can be in an offensive role, though it remains a viable support vehicle due to low profile and depression. The exceptional penetration and accuracy will allow you to deal with most T10 tanks even frontally, including tanks like Maus and Type 5. This will typically lead to the enemies focusing on you if you're spotted - with a great gun comes ...low survivability.
Despite the disadvantages, the S1 holds up remarkably well in T10 matches - which thanks to the matchmaking system you will see a lot of. The excellent mobility makes taking advance positions a viable tactic, as opposed to sitting in the base and waiting for people. If you're one of those, you're likely looking for the Skorpion G - which at about the same cost hits harder for when you want to sit in the base and moves far better when you'd rather not (as if).
Can generally be considered a good creditmaker, due to low dependance on premium shells and high chance of penetrating your shots.
Outro song: OST World of Tanks – Intro Login 2018