The Info List - Shorland

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The Shorland is an armoured patrol car that was designed specifically for the Royal Ulster Constabulary
Royal Ulster Constabulary
by Frederick Butler with the first design meeting taking place in November 1961. The third and final prototype was completed in 1964, the first RUC Shorlands were delivered in 1966. They were reallocated to the Ulster Defence Regiment in 1970. The Royal Ulster Constabulary
Royal Ulster Constabulary
soon replaced the Shorland with an armoured Land Rover
Land Rover
with more conventional profiles and no machine gun turret. The vehicles were built by Short Brothers
Short Brothers
and Harland of Belfast
using a chassis from a Series IIA Land Rover. By the nineties the Land Rover
Land Rover
Tangi, designed and built by the Royal Ulster Constabulary's own vehicle engineering team, was by far the most common model of armoured Land Rover. Shorts and Harland continued to develop the original Shorland from an armoured patrol car with a crew of 3 to armoured personnel vehicle, capable of carrying two up front and six in the rear and a small number of these were used on the streets in Northern Ireland as late as 1998. In 1996 the Short Brothers
Short Brothers
sold the complete Shorland design to British Aerospace Australia.


1 Design 2 Variants

2.1 Mk 1 2.2 Mk 2 2.3 Mk 3 2.4 Mk 4 2.5 Series 5

3 Current and former operators 4 References 5 Bibliography 6 External links

Design[edit] The Shorland is a long wheelbase Land Rover
Land Rover
with the turret similar in appearance to that of a Mk 2 Ferret scout car. The vehicle has upgraded suspension to deal with the extra weight of the armour. Variants[edit] Mk 1[edit]

67 bhp (50 kW) engine

Mk 2[edit]

77 bhp (57 kW) engine

Mk 3[edit]

Introduced in 1972 91 bhp (68 kW) engine Thicker armour than Mk 1, Mk 2

Mk 4[edit]

Production started 1980 3.5 litre Rover V8 petrol engine Improved armour over Mk 3

Series 5[edit]

Based on the Defender 110 chassis 3.5 litre Rover V8 petrol engine or 2.5 litre Rover Tdi Turbo diesel engine Welded armour fully enclosed body. Versions

S5 - Prototype Armoured Patrol Car S51 - Armoured Patrol Car S52 - Armoured Patrol Car S53 - Air Defence Vehicle S54 - Anti-hijack Vehicle S55 - Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC)

Current and former operators[edit]

Former Netherlands
Police vehicle

 Argentina: 20[1]  Bahrain: 2[1]  Botswana: 10[1]  Brunei: 15[1]  Burundi: 7[1]  Guyana: 4[1]  Iraq: 72[1]  Kenya   Lebanon
- 30 in service with the Internal Security Forces.  Lesotho  Libya: 15[1]  Malaysia: 20[1]  Mauritius: 4[1]   Nigeria
- Some of local manufacture.  Netherlands   Pakistan
- 24 in service with the Sindh Police.[1]   Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
- 5[1]   Portugal
- 38 in service with the Portuguese Republican National Guard.   Rhodesia
- 2 mock Shorlands equipped with Ferret turrets were deployed for a Selous Scouts' covert operation in 1979.[2]  Saudi Arabia: 40[1]  Seychelles: 8[1]  Syria: 4[1]  Sri Lanka  Thailand: 32[1]  Turkey: 100 in service with the Gendarmerie.[1]  United Arab Emirates: 6 acquired by the Sharjah National Guard in 1972, transferred to the Federal Police in 1976.[1]  United Kingdom  Venezuela: 15[1]


^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Trade Registers". Armstrade.sipri.org. Retrieved 2015-01-01.  ^ Locke & Cooke, Fighting Vehicles and Weapons of Rhodesia
1965-80 (1995), p. 94.


Christopher F. Foss, Jane’s Tank & Combat Vehicle recognition guide, HarperCollins Publishers, London 2002. ISBN 0-00-712759-6 Peter Gerard Locke & Peter David Farquharson Cooke, Fighting Vehicles and Weapons of Rhodesia
1965-80, P&P Publishing, Wellington 1995. ISBN 0-473-02413-6

External links[edit]

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