PERENTIE 110 General Information
Australian Army Perentie Production vehicles have registration numbers ranging from 48-000 upwards to the 200-XXX range for the later built vehicles
Perentie vehicles in the RAAF have registration numbers in the ranges of 230xxx, 231xxx & 232xxx.
Taken from Publication EDE 2/90, Project Perentie Profile, Vehicle Information Brochure. Engineering Development Establishment, Australian Army.
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.
Of interest, is that 48-008 (the first true production Perentie 110) through to 48-033 (all GS vehicles) came off the production line with plain olive drab canopies. It was not until 48-034 that the DPP canopies were fitted, although the remainder were retrofitted during their service life. The early vehicles were all finished in plain olive drab and it was not until down the line that the camouflage scheme was adopted as the standard some 100 ish vehicles.
In August 1992 the Australian Army made the call that they would standardise the fleet with the Brush Bar fitted to the RFSV for the 4x4 vehicles. However Land Rover Australia still had, well a lot of the original style bar in stock. So it was decided that the changeover would be a phased changeover as needed, in order to run down the stocks of the original bar.
A Standard 110 Chassis width on the inner faces is 634/636mm. On the extended Perentie the widened chassis to accommodate spare wheel is 838/840mm
Some time after the original order of Land Rover 110 and 6x6 vehicles the Australian Army required more vehicles to add to it's fleet. Because it had been some time since the original vehicles had been built some components had been improved and others were not available.
Additional Perentie design and new design vehicles were built under Project Bushranger (Phase 1) by British Aerospace Australia (BAeA)(Land Rover's parent company at that time) at Wingfield in South Australia.
Vehicles that were built under this project had registration numbers in the 202-XXX range making them easily identifiable by their ARN at least. Vehicles Converted under the bushranger project have arns of the 203-XXX range
The vehicles were built between 1994 and 1998. The last coming off the line in September 1998. These vehicles contained significant mechanical differences to warrant the issuance of separate RPS.
Bushranger was an additional contract which by the time it came to fruition discovered that not all original componentry was available. They have significantly different wiring harnesses, different handbrake systems, different front guards, different headlights, etc, etc. A myriad of differences sufficient to cause problems in supportability.
Perentie Design, Bushranger Built vehicles included:
Bushranger Design, Bushranger Built vehicles include:
Towards the end of the contract BAeA sold their Land Systems Division to Tenix who completed the build and undertook some conversions of Perentie build 6x6 Cargo to additional IIMV, Assault Pioneer, Mortar and the creation of another derivative based on an IIMV known as a Direct Fire Weapons Vehicle (DFWV). Additionally a number of RFSV were converted to SRV.
Bushranger Land Rovers are referred to by LRA and Defence as Bushrangers or as BR1 (Bushranger Phase 1).
The additional Bushranger vehicles takes the totals to circa 4,000 comprising approximately 3,000 4x4 and 1,000 6x6.
We are trying our best to compile a list of all models, and numbers of them made to give people an idea of the size and compilation of the Australia Army 110 and 6x6 Land Rover fleet. We believe these are the production numbers, however some vehicles of varying types have been converted to other types which do not show in this listing.