Vehicle Type: The Ferret Scout Car
Years in Service: 1954-1981
In Service With: South Alberta Light Horse
Owner(s): The SALH
The Ferret armoured car, also commonly called the Ferret Scout car, was a British armoured fighting vehicle designed and built for reconnaissance purposes. The Ferret was produced between 1952 and 1971 by the UK company, Daimler. It was widely adopted by regiments in the British Army as well as Commonwealth countries throughout the period.
The Ferret was developed in 1949 as a result of the British Army's need to obtain a replacement model for its WW2 light armoured vehicles. Due to the success of their Reconnaissance Scout Car, 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" tires (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.
Canada purchased 124 Ferret Mark I Scout Cars in 1954, and used them until 1981.
The Regiment has 2 monumented Ferret Scout Cars in Medicine Hat. It is intended that one of these will be restored to fully serviceable condition pending funding.