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Saab-Scania SBA 111

Light utility truck

Saab-Scania SBA 111

Saab-Scania SBA 111 4x4 artillery tractor with a crew shelter

Entered service 1976
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 9.15 t
Maximum load 4.5 / 6 t
Length 6.75 m
Width 2.48 m
Height 2.9 m
Engine Scania D11 11-liter diesel
Engine power 202 hp
Maximum road speed 85 km/h
Range 600 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.6 m
Fording 0.8 m


   Design work on the Saab-Scania SBA 111 4x4 and SBAT 111S 6x6 trucks began during the late 1960s and the first prototypes appeared during 1971. The Swedish Army ordered 2 000 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles in 1974. Production of both models commenced in 1976 and ceased in 1989. Over 2 500 trucks of both configurations were delivered to Swedish armed forces. Currently these trucks are being replaced with modern vehicles. A small number of SBA 111 light trucks were exported to Finland.

   The two vehicles were designed to be the main tactical trucks of the Swedish armed forces and over 2 500 were delivered to the Swedish Army alone, more went to the Swedish air force and navy. The two vehicles share many components (there is 90% parts commonality), such as the forward control cab, with the main difference, apart from the extra axle and enlarged cargo area, being that the 6x6 uses a turbocharged engine.

   In both 4x4 and 6x6 versions, the cargo carrier is the main version, the 4x4 being able to carry 4 500 kg across country and the 6x6 6 000 kg. The SBA 111 can tow trailers or artillery pieces with a maximum weight of 6 000 kg. The baseline troop/cargo carrier is referred as Tgb 30. It has removable drop sides and drop tailgate. Cargo area is covered with bows and canvas cover. Hydraulic materials handling cranes are fitted to some vehicles for unloading operations. The artillery tractor has a crew shelter on the cargo area.

   The SBA 111 is powered by a Scania D11 11-liter diesel engine, developing 202 hp. This military truck uses standardized commercial components wherever possible. Vehicle is fitted with a self-recovery winch as standard. It is also fitted with cold weather equipment, which includes an engine heater, fuel pre-heater, battery heater.

    Crash rescue variants are used by the Royal Swedish Air Force. These trucks are fitted with firefighting and crash rescue equipment. Swedish Air Force also operate a snow-clearing vehicle, based on the SBA 111s. It is used to clear snow from airfield runways.


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