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Monday, October 3, 2016

Bazooka-armed military scooter of Vespa

If you are a fan of modifications, particularly Vespa, would be familiar with the Vespa 150 TAP model. These scooter is very famous in recent years for a Vespa modifications in design like a tank, or also commonly referred to as The Bazooka Vespa.

The Vespa 150 TAP is produced by ACMA (Ateliers de Construction de motocycles et d'Automobiles) in the 1950s and designed specifically for the purposes of French paratroopers called 'Troupes Aeról Portées (TAP).' These Vespa model was first introduced in 1956 and got an update three years later.
1956 Vespa 150 TAP. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1ePmvK)
Vespa 150 TAP is designed specifically for an anti-guerrilla offensive operations in order to undergo a quickly ambushes action tasks. Therefore, do not be surprised if the distribution process in the forefront done by dropping these Vespa from the plane with a parachute. Vespa 150 TAP has always deployed in pairs, one scooter to transport the cannon, while the other transporting the ammunition.
Front three-quarter of 1956 Vespa 150 TAP. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1ePmps)
At that time, the use of the Vespa scooter as a military vehicle was not without reason. Because the French military forces are in need of two-wheeled war vehicles are quite light and efficient in a variety of terrain and easily transported by using combat aircraft.

As a military vehicle, the Vespa 150 TAP is also equipped with weapons. Noted, weapons applications on this scooter bazooka-type under the name of M20 recoilless rifle embedded in the scooter deck. This weapon is claimed to be very powerful to conquer and destroyed the fort as well as armored vehicles such as tanks. Some sources even mentions if the weapon is capable of penetrating 100 mm thick steel plate from a distance of 7,000 meters.
Rear three-quarter of 1956 Vespa 150 TAP. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1ePmz5)
However, unlike the tanks can fire ammunition while running, but the cannon on scooter can not be fired while still attached to the body. So, the cannon should be removed beforehand and mounted on a tripod.
As for the drivetrain, the Vespa 150 TAP carried 2-stroke engine, with a capacity of 150 cc. However, in order that the scooter is more responsive and agile, the application amount of secondary gear on the Vespa 150 TAP deliberately reduced compared to general Vespa scooter.

Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of two-wheeled monster and stay alive with the true safety riding. May God will forgive Your sins.... ••• [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SEPEDA MOTOR]
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