Ferret Scout Armoured Vehicle

The Ferret armoured car, was a scout car built for reconnaissance and liaison purposes, produced by Daimler from the 1950s to 1970s.

It was widely adopted by Airborne Forces and in particular The Parachute Squadron Royal Armoured Corps, who used it in both its intended role and for counter insurgency and peace keeping operations around the world from Cyprus to Northern Ireland.

The Ferret featured a large fighting compartment with early versions having a fixed open turret with pintle mounted machine gun, whilst later versions had a small fully rotatable turret in addition to 6 grenade launchers fitted to the hull to provide a smokescreen as required.

The later Mk 5 Ferret was adapted for the Anti Tank role utilising a large flat turret carrying the Swingfire wire guided Anti Tank Missile and was adopted for use by the Parachute Squadron RAC and, like all marks of Ferret, was deployable via parachute from aircraft on specialised platforms.

Weight 3.7 t
Length 12 ft 2 in (3.7 m)
Width 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Crew 2 (commander, driver)
Operational range 190 mi (310 km)
Speed 58 mph (93 km/h)

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