The Atlas Recovery Tank is an Imperial Guard armoured recovery tank based on the Leman Russ Battle Tank chassis. It is designed to recover disabled or destroyed vehicles and tow them back to friendly lines for repairs.
The Atlas is a stripped-down Leman Russ with no turret, weakened armour and a supercharged engine to enable it to move weights in excess of 60 tonnes, with three or more needed to tow a Super Heavy Tank. When performing battlefield recovery an attached crane hooks up the immobilised vehicle while a rear spade is lowered to prevent the Atlas from being dragged backwards as it winces up the vehicle. The damaged vehicle will then be towed back to the safety of friendly lines where it will be placed on large flatbed trailers towed by Trojans and deliver to the regimental field workshop. The Atlas' crew can also perform battlefield repairs on light-damanged vehicles, such as replacing a thrown track, and for these purposes include an Enginseer with Servitor assistants to ensure the correct blessings are performed. If a vehicle is damaged beyond repair the crew will then inspect the wreck for possible salvage, commend its machine spirit to the Emperor and leave it to rust.
Not all regiments are lucky enough to field Atlases, but those who do usually group them into a single recovery squadron, usually under the direct command of the Colonel and his staff. During battle they will be held in reserve until a call comes through for one of them to brave the battlefield and rescue a vehicle. Though not a frontline combatant they are armed with a hull-mounted Heavy Bolter and can be modified to carry a pintle-mounted Heavy Stubber or Storm Bolter. While not standard some Atlases will include a Dozer Blade, turning them into a general engineering vehicle, and other common modifications include Camo Netting, Extra Armour, a Mine Sweeper, Rough Terrain Modification, Track Guards, a Searchlight and Smoke Launchers.
|Vehicle Name:||Atlas Recovery Tank||Main Armament:||Heavy Bolter|
|Forge World of Origin:||Stygies VIII||Secondary Armament:||N/A|
|Crew:||Commander, Driver, Operator||Elevation:||From -1° to 18°|
|Powerplant:||MR230 V12 Multi-Fuel||Main Ammunition:||300 Rounds|
|Weight:||42 tonnes||Secondary Ammunition:||N/A|
|Max Speed - on road||34kph||Gun Mantlet||N/A|
|Max Speed - off road:||20kph||Vehicle Designation:||0427-941-1117-AT013|
|Transport Capacity:||None||Firing Ports:||N/A|
Regiments known to contain Atlases
- Krieg 28th Armoured Regiment - Galan V Expedition Force
- Teutonian 121st Armoured Regiment
- Cadian 74th Armoured Regiment - defence of Hamman's World
|Leman Russ Chassis||Leman Russ Battle Tank • Leman Russ Demolisher • Leman Russ Annihilator • Leman Russ Conqueror • Leman Russ Eradicator • Leman Russ Exterminator • Leman Russ Executioner • Leman Russ Punisher • Leman Russ Vanquisher • Destroyer Tank Hunter • Thunderer • Bombard • Atlas|
|Chimera Chassis||Chimera • Basilisk • Colossus • Deathstrike • Griffon • Hellhound • Hydra Flak Tank • Manticore • Medusa Siege Tank • Salamander Command • Salamander Scout • Trojan|
|Other||Sentinel • Tauros • Cyclops • Siegfried • Bruennhilde • Centaur • Minotaur • Hades Breaching Drill|
|Heavy Tanks||Macharius • Malcador • Ragnarok • Dominus • Gorgon • Crassus • Praetor • Valdor|
|Super Heavy Tanks||Baneblade • Banehammer • Hellhammer • Stormblade • Shadowsword • Stormsword • Stormhammer • Stormlord • Banesword • Doomhammer • Leviathan • Capitol Imperialis|