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Cannon-Loaded Vespa 150 Is a Dangerous Toy

It may look funny, but this is a real war-prepped Vespa: the Vespa 150 TAP. TAP stands for Troupes Aero Portees, as this weird scooter was designed to reach the military theater by being parachuted from cargo airplanes.
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The Vespa 150 TAP was also endowed with solid firepower, in the shape of the M20 recoilless rifle. Truth be told, there is no "rifle" on this two-wheeler, only a no-nonsense cannon, which was supposed to pierce 100mm (4") armors at 6.4 km (4 miles).

However, it appears like it failed to destroy better armored tanks and was used in Asian and North African wars against makeshift defense structures. The projectiles were high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) initially, but more have been added, including smokescreen ones.

Despite the expected highly-mobile firepower, the Vespa 150 TAP was only good for 64 km/h (40 mph) or so, because of the added weight and structural reinforcements.

Given the fact that it most likely could only be fired while stopped and had serious targeting issues, it looks like enemies on the move were kind of safe from its destructive power. So "lol" they probably went.

Read more on this Vespa on gizmag

 
 
 
 
 

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