M53/59 PragaThe Praga is an armored truck with a twin mounted 30-mm anti-aircraft cannon, used by the Serbian military with great effect against built-up areas and infantry. The gun is mounted on the Praga V3S chassis, produced by the Prague Automobile Factory Ltd. [Praga] of Prague, Czechoslovakia. In the 1950s Praga was assigned a significant political task: to develop and produce a medium-size truck for the army. A successfully designed construction with type denomination Praga V3S became a literally undestructable symbol of a military automobile. From 1958 Praga produced road versions of this die-hard, denominated S5T. In 1939 Yugoslavia purchased the license for the prodcution of the "undestructible" Praga RN truck with a 3 ton carrying capacity. It is interesting that the "erena" continued to be produced in the South of Europe as late as the 1960ís, which was longer than at the mother company.
Manufacturer Avia Zavody Letnany (chassis) Czechoslovak state arsenals (armored body, armament and final assembly) Length 6.92 meters Width 2.35 meters Height 2.95 meters with magazines Combat weight 10,300 kg Engine Tatra T 912-2 6-cylinder diesel @ 110hp Maximum road speed 60 km/h Maximum road range 500 km Armament 2x30mm M53 Target Aerial & ground Caliber 30mm gun Range Light-Armored Vehicles - 2000 m; Aerial - 3000 m Rate of fire 420-450 rds/min per gun Sensors/fire controls Tracer observation (aerial) Telescope (ground) NBC system no Night vision equipment no Crew 3 Users Croatia, FRY, Czech Republic, Iraq, Libya, Slovakia