The Baal-variant of the Predator was developed by the Blood Angels' Techmarines, designed to carry weapons with a high rate of fire, giving it devastating anti-infantry power and enabling it to lay down a withering hail of fire as the Blood Angels advance, scything down enemy infantry and light vehicles with terrifying efficiency.
Like the other Predator variants, the Baal is based on the ubiquitous Rhino chassis. The pattern has seen service with the Blood Angels almost since their inception as a Legion. The STC template for the Baal's construction was recovered during the early parts of the Great Crusade on Atium III, from the ruins of the arch-techno-heretic Lord de Ladt. Instead of giving the template to the Adeptus Mechanicus, the Blood Angels kept it and placed it within a stasis-cell on Baal where it remains to this day, protected as a relic of the Chapter. This has served as a source of friction between the Blood Angels, who continue to deny any wrongdoing, and the Adeptus Mechanicus, which claims that this variant and its STC template were never officially sanctified. Because of this, the design is now only produced by the Blood Angels themselves and by their descendant chapters.
Because of the Blood Angel's refusal to share its construction methods with others, the Baal's degree of similarity with other Predator tanks in its inner workings can only be speculated.
Its side sponsons are capable of mounting heavy bolters or heavy flamers. This makes the Baal pattern highly effective at supporting close infantry assaults, part of the preferred method of combat practiced by the Blood Angels.
|Vehicle Name:||Baal Predator[Needs Citation]||Main Armament:||Twin-linked Assault Cannons|
|Forge World of Origin:||Baal||Secondary Armament:||Sponson-mounted Heavy Flamers|
|Crew:||Driver, Gunner||Elevation:||From -15° to 28°|
|Powerplant:||Quad MkII Adaptable Thermic Combustor Reactor||Main Ammunition:||1200 rounds|
|Weight:||44 tonnes||Secondary Ammunition:||20 shots|
|Width:||6.0m (with sponsons)|
|Max Speed - on road||68kph||Gun Mantlet||65mm|
|Max Speed - off road:||50kph||Vehicle Designation:||0120-766-0724-PR120|
|Transport Capacity:||None||Firing Ports:||n/a|