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M53/59/70 Lizard

Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun


Specifications

Country of Origin/Used by:

Czechoslovakia (and others including the Czech Republic, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Libya, Slovakia and Yugoslavia; including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia)

First Produced/Service Dates: 1959
Manufactured by: Chassis: Praga (Prague Automobile Factory, Ltd.); Body/Armor: Czechoslovak State Arsenals
Crew: 5
Armament: (2) 30mm Cannon
Engine: 6 Cylinder Diesel
Miscellaneous Info: The official name of this self-propelled anti-aircraft gun in Czech is PLDvK vz. M53/59 Jesterka (Lizard).  It is also often referred to as the "Praga", which comes from the manufacturer of the vehicle's chassis/automotive components.  The base vehicle of the Lizard was the Praga V3S 6x6 Truck.  An interesting option for this vehicle is the removal of the gun and turret for ground use.

The M53/70 was an upgraded vehicle, specifically fitted with an improved fire control system. However, it appears to only have been marketed and none sold.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
M53/59 Lizard SPAAG Photos (Taken at the Imperial War Museum- Duxford) Major (Retired) Don Allen - Orleans, Ontario Canada
        M53/59 Lizard SPAAG Photos (Taken at the Technik Museum Pütnitz- Ribnitz-Damgarten, Germany) Roger Greenaway - Margate, UK
    M53/59 Lizard SPAAG Photos (Taken at Vojenské technickém muzeum Lešany- Czech Republic) Roger Greenaway
M53/59 Lizard SPAAG Photos (Taken at the Imperial War Museum- Duxford) Patrick Keenan - Editor
M53/59 Lizard SPAAG Photos Peter Kernan
    M53/59 Lizard SPAAG Photos James Loop Collection via Dave Haugh - Content Editor
M53/59 Lizard SPAAG Photos (Taken at the Australian Armour & Artillery Museum - Cairns) McKenna35- Fort Collins, Colorado USA
M53/59 Lizard SPAAG Photos Mirosalv Netik via Dave Haugh
M53/59 Lizard SPAAG Photos Ulrich Rohrbach via Dave Haugh

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
M53/59 Lizard SPAAG Information & Photos Federation of American Scientists
M53/59 Lizard SPAAG Information & Photos Global Security.org
M53/59 Lizard SPAAG Information & Photos Military Factory.com
M53/59 Lizard SPAAG Information & Photos Weapon Systems.net
M53/59 Lizard SPAAG Line Drawings The Blue-Prints.com
M53/59 Lizard SPAAG Photos The Silicon Valley Scale Modelers (IPMS/USA) via Vladamir Yukobov

Printed

Reference Author
Croatian Army Vehicles 1991-1995: Part 1 Colors and Markings, A Pictoral History Boris Greguric & Vojislav Jereb
Jane's Tank Recognition Guide (Harper-Collins Publishers) Christopher F. Foss
Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles In Service B.T. White

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
M53/59 Praga SPAAG Model Kit (72119) Armada Hobby 1/72 Resin
M53/59 Praga SPAAG Model Kit (35C138) Panzershop 1/35 Resin/Multi-Media.
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
"Tanks & AFV's in Bosnia #2 - ARBiH" (35-C1124 Star-Decals 1/35 Decals.

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider