The Registry Of Ex-Military Land-Rovers Au, NZ, etc Land-Rover Perentie SRV
 

Land Rover Perentie Surveillance and Reconnaissance Vehicle (SRV)

Officially the Truck, Lightweight, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Winch, MC2, Land Rover 110 4x4 built under Project Bushranger.  The SRV, whilst outwardly similar to it's sister the Regional Force Surveillance Vehicle (RFSV), is an entirely different vehicle, although the SRV was certainly started with the RFSV as a template.  Whereas the RFSV was a purely unarmed Surveillance vehicle, the SRV was designed from the outset to be an armed vehicle for use on overseas deployments.One RFSV, 51-735, was a development vehicle for what was originally termed the RDFWV, The Reconnaissance and Direct Fire Weapons Vehicle, which in turn became the SRV.

Designed to carry four personnel for up to three days in an operational environment, it features a host of upgraded and modified parts as well an uprated GVM from 3200kg, to 3600kg.   Fitted with the standard Isuzu 4BD1 engine like the rest of the fleet it retains many standard components of it's parent Perentie 110 as well.

As well as the standard SRV, there is also a mission kit that is installed on some SRV's, taking them up to the SRV (SF) specification which adds a number of features to the vehicle.

Only 43 SRV's were built under project Bushranger, with most being converted to SRV (SF) specification.  However 12 RFSV's were converted to SRV, then SRV(SF) and their ARN's changed to 203-xxx registrations. For more information about the SRV (SF) model, visit this page. This brings the SRV / SRV (SF) to a total of 55 built / converted.

SRV Features:

  • Standard Isuzu 4BD1 Engine
  • Heavy Duty Split Rims
  • 2 Spare Tyres mounted on left hand side at the rear of the vehicle
  • 2 Jerry cans mounted on the right hand side at the rear of the vehicle
  • Weapon Ring Mounted at the rear of the vehicle Tub capable of firing the Minimi or Mag58.
  • Storage racks on the side of the ROPS
  • Higher than standard Roll Over Protection System (ROPS)
  • Normal Height Snorkel
  • Protective bars running rearwards from the bush bar
  • Footwell Air Vents

SRV (SF) Features

  • Standard Isuzu 4BD1 Engine
  • Heavy Duty Split Rims
  • 2 Spare tyres mounted in place of the vehicle doors
  • A heavy Duty Weapon Ring mounted at the front of the ROPS capable of firing the 50 Cal QC. Also mounted lower than the ring on the SRV (same ring as on the LRPV)
  • Storage Racks on the side of the tub
  • a ROPS that is lower than the windscreen
  • A shorter snorkel
  • Protective bars running rearwards from the bush bar
  • Large tailgate for equipment storage when folded down
  • Longer Rear View Mirror Arms
  • Passenger side front seat weapon mount
  • Footwell Air Vents

It is a common problem that some models of the RFSV and SRV are difficult to tell apart.  These are some features that you can examine to tell them apart.

  • A SRV Canopy has windows in the side, the RFSV canopy has no side windows
  • The original RFSV has spare tyres mounted inside, whereas the SRV has them on the LHS Externally on the rear of the vehicle.  Upgraded RFSV's have the spares mounted externally on the LHS Tail, but the mounting differs
  • SRV's have a definite step in the canopy from the windscreen to the first ROPS bar, whereas the RFSV slopes up to the bar
  • SRV's have registrations in the 202-000+ range.  RFSV's are mostly in the 51-000+ range.

Surveillance and Reconnaissance Vehicle


The below photos are of a Standard SRV fresh from the factory floor at Land Rover Australia, Rosehill NSW, in around 2000. 202-128 you can see is fitted with normal rims at this stage which was not unusual for road use of these vehicles.  The standard rim for the SRV is the heavy duty split rim you see in other photos. 

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SRV
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The below set of photos came from the Grubby Fingers Aircraft Illustrations website http://www.grubby-fingers-aircraft-illustration.com/ .  Unfortunately the photo set does not appear on their website any more.  They show 203-005 in good detail.

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SRV
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These last two photos show SRV's deployed in their original configuration, or near to it.

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SRV
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On Patrol in Afghanistan with a LRPV in the distance.
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SRV
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Deployed on Peacekeeping operations.

 

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