The Shorland is an armoured patrol car that was designed specifically
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 with more conventional profiles
and no machine gun turret.
The vehicles were built by
Short Brothers and Harland of
a chassis from a Series IIA Land Rover.
By the nineties the
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
In 1996 the
Short Brothers sold the complete Shorland design to
British Aerospace Australia.
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
6 External links
The Shorland is a long wheelbase
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.
67 bhp (50 kW) engine
77 bhp (57 kW) engine
Introduced in 1972
91 bhp (68 kW) engine
Thicker armour than Mk 1, Mk 2
Production started 1980
3.5 litre Rover V8 petrol engine
Improved armour over Mk 3
Based on the Defender 110 chassis
3.5 litre Rover V8 petrol engine or 2.5 litre Rover Tdi Turbo diesel
Welded armour fully enclosed body.
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
Netherlands Police vehicle
Lebanon - 30 in service with the Internal Security Forces.
Nigeria - Some of local manufacture.
Pakistan - 24 in service with the Sindh Police.
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea - 5
Portugal - 38 in service with the Portuguese Republican National
Rhodesia - 2 mock Shorlands equipped with Ferret turrets were
deployed for a Selous Scouts' covert operation in 1979.
Saudi Arabia: 40
Turkey: 100 in service with the Gendarmerie.
United Arab Emirates: 6 acquired by the Sharjah National Guard
in 1972, transferred to the Federal Police in 1976.
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