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Centaur Carrier

The Centaur is a lightly-armored utility vehicle used by forces of the Imperium of Man including Imperial Guard formations such as the Death Korps of Krieg. Most commonly used as a tow vehicle for field artillery, it can be adapted for various other functions.

Tactical Role

Centaurs are typically used to tow field artillery pieces, such as Heavy Quad-Launchers and Heavy Mortars, and provide transport for the weapon's crew; while they have limited armouring they are not intended to be front-line combat vehicles. However Centaurs are also provided to Grenadiers as a means of fast battlefield transport. These vehicles are frequently modified with Extra Armour, especially around the driver and passenger compartments, for protection against shrapnel and other battlefield hazards and fitted with a spiked-ram for breaking through razorwire obstacles. Centaurs can also be adapted into command squad transports, communication vehicles, minesweepers and other functions.[1]

Technical Specifications

The most prominent feature of the Centaur are its twin engines, mounted in its track sponsons, and a very large power pack for a vehicle of its size. While useful for pulling heavy loads such as supply trailers and weapons, when operating on its own these provide the vehicle with very high top speeds, both on- and off-road. The extra speed is used more than anything else to protect the Centaur and its crew from enemy fire.[1]

Five passengers can be crammed aboard the Centaur and a driver is required to operate the vehicle. A secondary gunner position is fulfilled by either a dedicated crewman or one of the passengers to man the pintle-mounted Heavy Stubber, which can also be dismounted to give disembarking infantry extra fire support. A second empty weapon mount, positioned in the forward hull next to the driver, allows a squad in transit to attach their special or heavy weapon and provide additional firepower, a useful feature for command or grenadier squads using the Centaur for transportation.[1]

Centaurs can be modified with Camo Netting, Extra Armour, a Mine Sweeper, a Rough Terrain Modification, a Searchlight, Track Guards and Smoke Launchers.[1]


Technical Specifications vde
Vehicle Name: Centaur Main Armament: Heavy Stubber
Forge World of Origin: Vanaheim Secondary Armament: N/A
Known Patterns: II-XIV Traverse: 160°
Crew: Driver, Gunner Elevation: From -22° to +45°
Powerplant: Vulcanor 8 Twin-Coupled Multi-Fuel Main Ammunition: 300 rounds
Weight: 6.2 Tonnes Secondary Ammunition: N/A
Length: 4.1m Armour
Width: 3m
Height: 2.3m Superstructure: 80mm
Ground Clearance: .4m Hull: 50mm
Max Speed - on road 110kph Gun Mantlet N/A
Max Speed - off road: 70kph Vehicle Designation: 5657-436-0671-CN71
Transport Capacity: 5 Firing Ports: N/A
Access Points: N/A Turret: N/A


Images

Centaur Artillery Tractor

Regiments known to include Centaurs

Sources