Front view, right side
Shown is one the Ferrets
operated by the Danish UN-soldiers on Cyprus. The vehicle
carried British licence numbers.
The Ferret shared many similar design features with the Dingo, but featured a larger fighting compartment and a small machine gun turret. It was built from an all-welded monocoque steel body, making the drive extremely noisy as all the running gear was within the enclosed body with the crew. Four wheel drive was incorporated together with solid rubber tyres ("Run Flat"). The turret, though not fitted to all models, carried a single machine gun. Six grenade launchers fitted to the hull (three on each side) carried smoke grenades in British service. It was powered by a Rolls Royce B60 6-cylinder petrol-engine developing 130 hp.
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
A total of 4,409 Ferrets, including 16 sub-models under various Mark numbers, were produced between 1952 and 1971.
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