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Leman Russ Exterminator

The Leman Russ Exterminator is a common and prolific variant of the Leman Russ Battle Tank used by the Imperial Guard and on occasion, the Space Wolves Chapter. It mounts a twin-linked Autocannon instead of the more common Battle cannon, making it more of an infantry hunter than an all-round battle tank.[1a][2a]

Overview

The Exterminator's twin Autocannons are synchronised to fire bursts of heavy-calibre, high-velocity shells equally effective against infantry and light vehicles,[2a] making it an ideal platform for combating hordes of Orks or Tyranids. In addition to its ability to lay down a withering hail of fire the Exterminator is also slightly faster than a Leman Russ thanks to the reduced size of its weapons. Many tank companies will include at least one Exterminator to use in the reconnaissance role, ranging ahead of the company to seek out enemy tanks. Exterminators are also frequently attached to their parent regiment's reconnaissance company, providing it with heavier firepower without negatively affecting the unit's speed and mobility. In an emergency the Extermiantor has also been used as a stopgap anti-aircraft tank; although its ability to throw up a wall of fire against enemy attacks may enjoy some excess, the tank's lack of elevation and proper targeter gear limits its utility in this role.[1a]

The Exterminator is generally equipped with Heavy Bolters in its hull mount and (if equipped) side sponsons to provide additional firepower.[1a] The hull mount can instead be fitted with a Heavy Flamer or Lascannon as well as Heavy Flamers, Multi-meltas or Plasma Cannons on the sponsons. A Searchlight and Smoke Launchers are standard on the Exterminator and it can be upgraded with Camo Netting, a Dozer Blade, Extra Armour, a Hunter-Killer Missile and a pintle-mounted Heavy Stubber or Storm Bolter.[2b]

Technical Specifications vde
Vehicle Name: Leman Russ Exterminator[1b] Main Armament: 2 x Autocannons
Forge World of Origin: Gryphonne IV Secondary Armament: Lascannon or Heavy Bolter
Known Patterns: IV-XVI Traverse: 360°
Crew: Commander, Gunner, Driver, Loader, 2 Sponson Gunners Elevation: From -8° to 26°
Powerplant: HL230 V12 Multi-Fuel Main Ammunition: 360 Rounds
Weight: 58 tonnes Secondary Ammunition: Unlimited or 600 Rounds
Length: 7.08m Armour
Width: 4.86m
Height: 4.42m Superstructure: 180mm
Ground Clearance: 0.45m Hull: 150mm
Max Speed - on road 40kph Gun Mantlet 100mm
Max Speed - off road: 24kph Vehicle Designation: 0427-941-1907-LR0072
Transport Capacity: None Firing Ports: N/A
Access Points: N/A Turret: 200mm


Known Patterns

  • Gryphonne IV pattern - Distinctive turret incorporates heavily-armoured gun mantlet and additional armour plates on sides. Twin autocannons feature recoil dampeners but lack muzzle breaks or flash suppressors.[1a]
  • Mars pattern[1c]

Regiments known to include Exterminators

Space Wolves

In honour of their primarch, Leman Russ, the Space Wolves keep a number of Leman Russ Exterminators in their armoury. They rarely use these in battle, but when they are deployed the effects are devastating, the tanks' fearsome array of weaponry enhanced further by the skills of the Space Marines inside.[3]

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