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The Land Rover Perentie is a vehicle in use by the Australian Army, produced in Australia and based on the Land Rover Defender 110. It was introduced in 1987 to replace the ageing fleet of Series 2A and 3 Land Rovers, and is still in service. Produced in 4 x 4 and 6 x 6 variants and powered by an Isuzu 3.9 litre four cylinder diesel engine, it has proven itself both in Australia and on overseas military operations.

The major differences from British Land Rovers are the relocation of the spare wheel to under the rear of the load area, a galvanised chassis and the Isuzu engine, which was also commonly used in the 1980s on Australian-built long-wheelbase civilian versions of the Series and Defender Land Rovers. The 6 x 6 version has a wider cab and leaf-sprung rear axles. The 6 x 6 also has a turbocharger. The original order was for 2,500 4 x 4 and 400 6 x 6 vehicles between 1987 and 1990; further vehicles were added later under Project Bushranger.

The designation Perentie originates from Project Perentie, the official Australian Army test to find new 1 and 2 tonne light vehicles – the perentie (Varanus giganteus) is a large lizard native to Australia.

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4X4 Variants

  • Truck, Utility, Lightweight, MC2 (Mobility Category 2) (1222 Vehicles)
  • Truck, Utility, Lightweight, Winch, MC2 (314 Vehicles)
  • Truck, Utility, Lightweight, FFR (Fitted For Radio), MC2 (964 Vehicles)
  • Truck, Utility, Lightweight, FFR, Winch, MC2 (208 Vehicles)
  • Truck, Panel, Lightweight, Survey, FFR, Winch, MC2 (35 Vehicles)
  • Truck, Carryall, Lightweight, Senior Commander, FFR, Winch, MC2 (11 Vehicles)
  • Truck, Carryall, Lightweight, Personnel Carrier, MC2 (38 Vehicles)
  • Truck, Surveillance, Lightweight, Winch, MC2 (RFSV) (231 Vehicles)

6X6 Variants

  • Truck, Cargo, Light, MC2 (215 Vehicles)
  • Truck, Cargo, Light, Winch, MC2 (32 Vehicles)
  • Truck, Ambulance, 4 Litter, FFR, Winch, MC2 (94 Vehicles)
  • Truck, General Maintenance, Light, Winch, MC2 (GMV) (181 Vehicles)
  • Truck, Electronic Repair, Light, MC2 (ERV) (40 Vehicles) and Truck, Comsec Repair Workshop *Vehicle, Light, MC2 (12 Vehicles)
  • Truck, Long Range Patrol, Light, Winch, MC2 (LRPV) (27 Vehicles)
  • Truck, Air Defence, Light, FFR, Winch, MC2 (72 Vehicles)
  • Truck, Crew Cab, Light, Winch, MC2 (26 Vehicles)

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