The Ferret armoured car
, also commonly called the
Ferret Scout car, is a British armoured fighting vehicle
and built for reconnaissance
purposes. The Ferret was produced between 1952 and 1971
by the UK company, Daimler.
It was widely adopted
in the British Army
as well as Commonwealth
The Ferret was developed in 1949 as a result of the British Army's
need to obtain a replacement model for its Second World War
light armoured vehicles.
Due to the success of their Reconnaissance
, the "Dingo", Daimler was employed to design and
manufacture the Ferret.
The Ferret shared many similar design features with the Dingo
and Canadian Ford Lynx, but featured a
larger fighting compartment and an optional small machine gun
turret. It was built from an all-welded monocoque
steel body, making the vehicle lower but
also making the drive extremely noisy inside as all the running
gear was within the enclosed body with the crew. Four wheel drive
was incorporated together with "Run Flat" tyres (which kept their
shape even if punctured in battle thus enabling a vehicle to drive
to safety.) The turret, though not fitted to all models, carried a
single machine gun. Six grenade
fitted to the hull (three on each side) could carry
It is fast and small enough to be used in an urban environment but
strong enough to negotiate rugged terrain off road. The Ferret is
no longer in service in the British Army, although several Commonwealth
countries still operate
them to this day. They have been popular with private
collectors due to the compact size and affordable price e.g. around
$10,000 to $15,000 in the USA.
A total of 4,409 Ferrets, including 16 sub-models under various
Mark numbers, were produced between 1952 and 1971.
There are several Marks of Ferret, including those with varying
equipment, turret or no turret and armed with Swingfire
anti-tank missiles. Including all the
marks and experimental variants there have probably been over 60
- Mk 1
- MK 1/1
- Heavier armour than Mk 1
- Sealed hull for fording.
- Mk 1/2
- Extended height roof
- Crew of three
- Equipped with Browing .30 or later GPMG gun
Mk 2 Ferret in Batey ha-Osef museum, Israel.
- Mk 2
- Mk 2/1 to 5
- Small improvements at each stage including thicker armour.
- MK 2/6
- Mk 2/7
- Mk 2/6 stripped of anti-tank missiles after Vigilant withdrawn
- Mk 4
- Improved Mk 2
- Larger wheels
- Heavier armour
- Stronger suspension
- Flotation screen
- Mk 5
- Modified Mark 4.
- L7 GPMG
- Swingfire anti-tank missiles in
unusual wide flat turret
- Ferret 80