The Hunter Multi-Launcher is an anti-aircraft support vehicle built on the Rhino chassis. A variant of the Whirlwind, it is based on STC data which is much older than the more recent Whirlwind Hyperios.
The Hunter is the first known dedicated anti-aircraft platform fielded by the Adeptus Astartes. Prior to the discovery of the STC for the Hunter, Space Marine forces had attempted to retrofit various designs to the Whirlwind artillery vehicle, with largely negative results. Though a stable pattern of anti-aircraft Whirlwind was ultimately achieved in the Hyperios, several Chapters have continued to use the Hunter on many battlefields, including the recent Third War for Armageddon.
The hunter missile used by the multi-launcher is faster and more accurate than those used by Whirlwinds, with unfolding fins to help guide it to the target, and the vehicle itself has a longer operational range. The missile is guided by a large scanning array that features an algorithmic precognitive targeter located opposite the cylindrical missile feed. STC Hunters feature one launch tube fed by a single rotary system, but some Techmarines have modified their charges with pairs launch units and a central sensor suite for improve efficiency.
- 1: Epic Armageddon Rulebook, p.81
- 2: Space Marine Hunter
- 3: Imperial Armour Volume Two - Space Marines and Forces of the Inquisition, pg. 58