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Land Rover 110 "Perentie"and Defender

While the Australian Army and Air Force both have been large users of the Military Spec Perentie 110 vehicles, they have by no means been the only Land Rovers in military service.  The Royal Australian Navy also used 110 V8 Utes, and 130 Defender Dual Cabs for various Duties.  Even the Salvation Army used the 130 Defender Ute to support the troops.

Land Rover 110 Perentie

Land Rover Perentie 110 and 6x6 General Information
Perentie Model Identification

Australian Army Project Perentie Information
Land Rover Perentie Initial Production Vehicles
Media Articles and Brochures about the Australian Army Project Perentie
Project Bushranger (Phase 1) Information
Land Rover 110 Models and Numbers
Project Perentie Developments by Land Rover
Prototypes and Trials that did not enter Service
Perentie Brochures

The Perentie Collection - Photos of a number of Perentie 110 and 6x6 vehicles taken by Ian Withnall
Perentie Photos from the Roseworthy Collection.    Page 1 and Page 2
Perentie Photo Page
Perentie Model Identification

The Bush Tucker Man 110 Perenties



The original JRA press release circa October 1988 told of the progress of the JRA contract to supply "2500 4WD units and 400 6WD units" valued at roughly $130,000,000 (with local Australian manufacturing content set at 50% for the 4WD and 60% for the 6WD). It also mentions the Army had satisfactorily finished "several months of rigorous testing" the Initial Production Vehicles ("IPVs") "supplied earlier this year to various Army units around Australia" and that JRA had "attended to the many points raised by the Army" and incorporated these improvements. No mention of R.A.A.F. units.

.A small news piece in the May 1994 issue of Overlander magazine tells us "The Australian Army has ordered another 270 Land Rovers to supplement its present fleet of 3700 6WD and 4WD Project Perentie models. The additional Landys, which were ordered under the terms of "follow-on buy" options in the original contract, will be used as basic infantry carriers, mainly in Australia's far north. [Norforce?] The original Perentie Project was named after the desert-dwelling perentie lizard and was aimed at finding vehicles with the perentie's legendary agility in trackless terrain, its endurance, and its adaptability. Project Perentie director Lt. Col. Lee Osborne said, "It made sense to us to continue with Land Rovers because of their advantageous life-cycle costs. Over the life of the vehicle in Army service -up to 20 years or more- the Land Rovers prove to be very economical." The photos accompanying the piece are of two GS units, ARN 48-014 & ARN 48-016. No mention of R.A.A.F. units.

A potted history of Land-Rover in Australia, printed in the January-February 1998 issue of Restored Cars magazine, quotes information that the decision to buy Land-Rovers was made in "mid 1986" and that JRA would, at the completion of the contract, supply a "final tally of 2892 4WD and 588 6WD".

In March 2004 we heard that LRPV 6x6 units in Western Australia have been getting general muscle transplants... (via the grapevine). However later on it appears that this was simply equipment upgrades. 

In May 2004, when the majority of the Land-Rover 110 and Perentie fleet are exceeding 15 years 'in-service', and some people were thinking that some110 variants would be disposed of, the Army newspaper printed an interesting report and photo:

... [caption] A Land Rover 110 being rebuilt at North Bandiana:

"In the quiet rural setting of Bandiana a team of skilled technicians are continuing a tradition that lasted for more than 50 years... Today the work is conducted by Tenix Defence, who are contracted until 2010 to undertake fourth-line repair work.

"The Co-ordinator of Material Maintenance, Arthur J., has worked at the site for 14 years, and says that most vehicles that come to the workshops are in a pretty poor state of repair. "We virtually build them back to class one standard, so when they go out they're not brand new but as good as new," he said.

"Leopard tanks take about six months to be rebuilt, while M113s take around three months. Artillery pieces and Unimogs normally take six weeks, Macks take about seven weeks and Land Rovers take around five weeks. Supervisor of the B vehicle repair line, Danny G., believes the rebuilding process represents good value for the Army."

In January 2006, when the Iraq and Afghanistan deployments were in the news, one semi-load (3 vehicles) of an unknown supply contract for refurbished/reconfigured Perentie 4x4 110s were spotted being transported from the Adelaide contractor to delivery at the ADF's DNSDC Moorebank Stores. These vehicles are rather obviously for Special Forces, appearing for all the world to be a 4x4 version of the 6x6 LRPV. They were not new chassis. They were wearing late series ARNs. The engines fitted? That's not established, other being diesel of course. They were certainly more extensively equipped than the "Truck, Surveillance, Lightweight, Winch, MC2 [ Norforce, Pilbara, 51FNQ ]". Later down the track these were discovered to be Surveillance Reconnaissance Vehicles (SRV's).

Australian Defence Force TD5 Remediation Vehicles

"Land Rover Australia has agreed to supply 33 custom built Land Rover 110 vehicles for use by the Australian Army. The vehicles will be built in Solihull, England, and are based on a Land Rover Defender 110 which uses the new 2.5-litre, 5 cylinder turbo-diesel (TD5) power unit...

...the decision recognises the increased levels of reliability and durability of a Solihull-production Defender 110, with the new TD5 power unit."

2008 Update: 33 of these vehicles were bought by the Army in 2000, and a further 17 in 2004. They are slated as having a 10 year service life, which is significantly shorter than the Perentie that it serves alongside.

Salvation Army 130 Defenders


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