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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 Army Staff requirement for the army's range of light field vehicles was approved in February 1981. From this EDE prepared a Requirement Study and draft Design and Development (DD(X)) Specifications which were issued in June 1981.

The approved specifications were used as a basis for the calling of tenders in June 1982 for a Truck, Utility, Lightweight, MC2 with payload between 0.7 and 1 tonne and a Truck, Cargo, Light, MC2 with payload between 1.5 and 2 tonne.

From the seven tenders received for each vehicle type, a short list of three of the 1 tonne class, vehicles and two of the 2 tonne class vehicles was arrived at. Orders for three examples of each contender for evaluation trials were announced in May 1983.

Defence Trial 8/484 for Light Vehicles was notified in September 1983 together with the establishment of a special trials unit, the Light Truck Trials Team. This unit was based at Puckapunyal and operated two of the three vehicles of each type to evaluate them in typical operational roles. The third vehicle of each type underwent initial examination, specification check and automotive reliability assessment by EDE at it's proving ground, Monegeetta, Victoria.

Following revalidation of tenders for production quantities of vehicles, contracts were signed with Jaguar Rover Australia in October 1986 for 2500 Land Rover 110 4x4 vehicles, and 400 Land Rover 110 6x6 vehicles.

The Truck, Utility, Lightweight, MC2 was to be developed into a total of six variants, and the Truck, Cargo, Light, MC2, which was to have only a basic cargo body version, was also ultimately developed to produce six variants.

The first production Land Rover 110 4x4s were accepted into service in August 1987 and the first Land Rover 110 6x6 in March 1989.

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.

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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

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Project Bushranger (Phase 1)

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:

  • Additional 4x4 FFR
  • Additional 6x6 GS
  • Additional 6x6 Ambulance
  • Additional 6x6 GMV (General Maintenance Vehicle)
  • Additional 6x6 ERV (Electronic Repair Vehicle)
  • Additional 6x6 Parakeet (Satellite Communications)

Bushranger Design, Bushranger Built vehicles include:

  • 6x6 Interim Infantry Mobility Vehicle (IIMV) - the true Infantry Mobility Vehicle is the Bushmaster, built by ADI/Thales in Bendigo, for which the Bushranger Project was always envisaged to produce. This interim was used until the armoured bushranger vehicles were available.
  • 6x6 Mortar Carrier
  • 6x6 Assault Pioneer
  • 4x4 Surveillance Reconnaissance Vehicle (SRV) - Similar to the RFSV (3.6 Tonne (Std 4x4 3.2 Tonne)) but with certified ROPS, crew of 4 and gun ring for MAG 58.

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.



Land Rover 110 Models and Numbers

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.

Model Code Description Repair Parts Schedule Perentie Build Vin Prefix Bushranger Build Vin Prefix Number Built Conversions Notes
6701 Cargo Personnel 4 x 4 2188 SALLDHAZ1BF
Not applicable 1222    


Cargo Personnel w/winch 4 x 4 2189 SALLDHAZ1 BF
Not applicable 316    
6703 Cargo Personnel FFR 4 x 4 2190 SALLDHAZ1 BF
Not applicable 984    
6704 Cargo Personnel FFR w/winch 4 x 4 2191 SALLDHAZ1 BF
6705 Survey FFR w/winch 4 x 4 (hard top) 2192 SALLDHAZ1 BF Not applicable 39    
6706 Command Post FFR 4 x 4 (hard top) 48-005 only SALLDHAZ1 BF Not applicable 2    
6707 Senior Command FFR w/winch (s/wagon) 4 x 4 2194 SALLDHAZ1 BF Not applicable 11    
6708 Personnel Carrier (s/wagon) 4 x 4 2195 SALLDHAZ1 BF Not applicable 42    
6709 Cargo 6 x 6 2185 SALLDMAZ1 BF
Not applicable 231    
6710 Cargo w/winch 6 x 6 2186 SALLDMAZ1 BF
6711 Air Defence FFR w/winch - Rapier 6 x 6 2212 SALLDMAZ1 FY Not applicable 55   Mostly converted to RBS70 standard by Defence. 51 or 55?
6712 Air Defence FFR w/winch - RBS70 6 x 6 2212 SALLDMAZ1 FY Not applicable 17    
6713 Ambulance A/Con. FFR w/winch 6 x 6 2208 SALLDMAZ1 BF
6714 Maintenance General Purpose w/winch 6 x 6 2209 SALLDMAZ1 FY SALLDHAF7MF 185    
6715 Maintenance Electronic Repair A/con 6 x 6 2210 SALLDMAZ1 FY SALLDHAF7MF 52    
6716 Long Range Patrol w/winch 6 x 6 2211 SALLDMAZ1 FY Not applicable 26    
6717 Regional Force Surveillance w/winch 4 x 4 2207 SALLDHAZ1 FF Not applicable 243   Some converted to upgraded standard by Defence.
6718 Regional Force Surveillance FFR w/winch 4 x 4 2191* SALLDHAZ1 FF Not applicable 20   FFR with "hang on" bits. FR ADD noted in ARN list.
???? RDFW / Surveillance & Reconiassance Vehicle (SRV) ???? Not Aplicable SALLDHAF7MF 43 12 from RFSV  
  Surveillance & Reconiassance Vehicle (SF)   Not Aplicable SALLDHAF7MF 0 ? Converted from SRV by Defence
6719 Truck Cargo LHD 6 x 6 V8  


Not applicable 1   Used for middle east demonstrations. Location unknown.
6720 Long Range Patrol Vehicle LHD 6 x 6 V8   SALLDMA V2FY Not applicable 1    
6721 Chassis Cab Heavy Duty 6 x 6 - RHD Malawi   SALLDMAZ1 FY Not applicable 2    
6722 Soft Top LHD -Oman   SALLDMAZ2FY Not applicable 10    
6723 Cargo FFR w/winch 6 x 6 None SALLDMAZ1 FY Not applicable 15   Rebuilt to standard cargo. 15 or 7?
6724 Cargo Crew Cab w/winch 2219 SALLDMAZ1 FY Not applicable 26   For Parakeet communications equipment
???? Cargo w/winch 6 x 6   Not applicable SALLDHAF7TF 37   For Parakeet communications equipment ??
???? Infantary Carrier (Bushranger) 6 x 6   Not applicable SALLDHAF7MF 148 8 from GS  
???? Mortar Carrier 6 x 6   Not applicable SALLDHAF7MF 11 4 from GS  
???? Assault Pioneer 6 x 6   Not applicable SALLDHAF7MF 12 3 from GS Some converted by Defence as well as the 3 Tenix conversions.
???? Direct Fire Weapons 6 x 6   Not applicable Not applicable 0 26 from GS  
???? COMSEC 6 x 6       0 ? Converted from GMV/ERV by Defence
???? Command 6 x 6       0 ? Covnerted from Infantary Carrier by RAAF





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