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Posted:12/14/2012 10:33:09 AM
The Ferret Mk II is a 4.4 tonne, two man four-wheeled armoured car used by South Africa during the nineteen-sixties, with a top speed of 93 km/h and a road range of 306 km. It has a single 7.62mm machine gun in a one-man turret. It was replaced by the Eland series of armoured cars.

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Development

The first prototype (designated FV701) was completed in 1949 and after trials in 1950, was adopted for service. The first production models of both the Mk1 and Mk2 were completed in 1952. Throughout the production life the basic hull of the Ferret scout car remained unchanged. After more than 4400 vehicles had been manufactured, production was completed in 1971. The successor to the Ferret was the Fox accepted for British service in 1970.

The Ferret Mk2 is armed with a turret mounted 7,62mm Browning machine gun.

South Africa acquired their first batch of eight Ferret Mk2 vehicles in 1954, later followed by 151 Mk1 and a further 80 Mk2 vehicles. As reconnaissance cars they were replaced by the Eland armoured car during the 1960's. They continued in service as liaison vehicles and for training purposes until 1989 when they were finally phased out.





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