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 Scout Car, the "Dingo", The Daimler Fighting
Vehicle Drawing Office was employed to design and manufacture the Ferret.
The Daimler FV drawing office was lead by Mr. Sid Shellard, a brilliant and talented
engineer who was quietly spoken and reserved.
He was the brains behind the FV office together with his understudy Mr Ted Wilday
a big, quiet, pipe-smoking chap with many years experience of FV design.
Both had gained valuable experience working on the design and production of the dingo
and armoured car. The office was staffed by a total of three draughtsmen, Cyril
Miles, John Wheeler and another.
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
to accept a 30 calibre browning MG.
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
launchers fitted to the hull (three on each side) could carry smoke grenades.
The Ferret was produced between 1952 and 1971 by the UK company, Daimler but used
a Rolls Royce power plant.
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 different vehicles.
Designed and built for reconnaissance purposes, it was widely adopted by regiments
in the British Army as well as Commonwealth countries throughout the period.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
The Daimler Fighting Vehicles Project
Design and Development of the Daimler Ferret & Fox
FV701 Mk 1
Liaison duties - No turret
Armament - 7.62mm or .30 cal LMG.
FV701 MK 1/1
Heavier armour than Mk 1 -Sealed hull for fording.
Marks 1 and 1/1 identical except for armament on Mark 1/1.
FV701 Mk 1/2
Very similar to the Mark 1/1 except for the flat faced superstructure.
Extended height roof - Crew of three
Equipped with Browing .30 or later GPMG gun
FV701 Mk 2
Turret from Alvis Saracen APC fitted
Mk 2/3 and 2/4
up armoured during production
was retrofitted with heavier armour
a larger bespoke turret fitted
FV703 MK 2/6
Equiped with Vigilant Anti-Tank Missile System (2) on sides of turret
And 2 Spares on Side of Hull. 7.62mm OR.30 cal. LMG in turret.
Amphibious. Usually modified from a Mark 2/3.
It had larger wheels and tires, disc brakes and stronger suspension.
It is not currently proposed to cover within this project the ferret or other vehicles
designed by Daimler post WW2 in great detail. It is the authors arbitrary opinion
that the vehicles were not ‘proper Daimlers’ because they featured engines produced
by other manufactures!
These vehicles are amply covered by some other very good web sites, the links for
which are listed at the bottom of the page
Based on the Mark IV "Big Wheel" Ferret.
Swingfire Anti-Tank Missile System (2) on sides of turret and 2 Spares on Side of
The turret was manufactured by the British Aircraft Corporation
I ian included fitment for a 7.62mm or .30 cal. MG.
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