While remaining a neutral power throughout World War 2, Swedish authorities saw fit to modernize and stock their military inventories with capable components to deal against any attempted invasion. As such, the Stridsvagn L-60 Light Tank was developed in 1934 under the direction of Joseph Vollmer to promote mobility and capable firepower in an increasingly mechanized world. After evaluation, the type was manufactured in number by AB Landsverk of Sweden and the first L-60 was delivered in 1935.
Vollmer's earlier work included the A-7, K-Wagen and LK series of track vehicles for the German Army as well as the m/21 - Sweden's first indigenously designed combat tank. Vollmer later sold the Swedish Army on the Landsverk L-10 which became the m/31 in inventory. The L-30 succeeded the L-10 and saw export sales. The L-60 came online next and formed the beginning of Swedish wartime tank design and production for the foreseeable future.
Design of the L-60 was highly conventional, with a rear-set engine compartment, mid-set turret and forward driver's position, offset to the left side of the hull. The glacis plate was well-sloped and made up of three facings leading up to the hull roof. There was a shallow superstructure under the turret to allow for adequate interior room for the crew and systems. The driver's vision was supplied through vision slits at his cupola. The turret was small and cramped, containing the gun mount and applicable systems as well as the gunner and tank commander. Access to the turret was via turret roof hatch or turret side hatch. The vehicle was propelled by its side track systems which were rather slim compared to late-war counterparts. There were four double-tired road wheels to a track side with two track return rollers, a track idler at the rear and a drive sprocket at the front. Extra road wheels and track links could be carried externally about the design as desired. Armor protection was 5mm to 13mm across the vehicle's various facings. All told, the L-60 exhibited an operational weight of 7.5. tons with a running length of 15 feet, width of 6.5 feet and a height topping 6.6 feet.