The Manticore Missile Tank is an Imperial Guard mobile missile/rocket launcher platform based on the Chimera chassis. It can fulfill a number of roles from long-range bombardment to air defense, giving it greater versatility than other platforms.
The Manticore is a highly sophisticated piece of equipment, with audio-modulated radio control systems, gyroscopic roll stabilisation, radar-guided targeting augers and predictive logic-engines.[1a] This advanced equipment is used to fire and control the four Manticore Missiles, which it can launch individually or, if sufficiently modified, in one great salvo. The ability to swap out warheads or launch other advanced rocket systems gives the Manticore a versatility highly prized by Imperial commanders.[1a] While the Storm Eagle Cluster Munition is the most commonly fired weapon, the Manticore's fire capability is very versatile and can fire missiles with high-explosive, incendiary, and chemical warheads. It can also fire surface-to-air missiles for an air defense role.[1a]
However, while the Manticore is more advanced than the comparable Basilisk, it has a number of drawbacks, generally limiting it to dedicated artillery regiments. Most notable of those is its limited store of ammunition as, once the Manticore has fired all four missiles, it must withdraw from battle to reload in a time-consuming process. The Manticore's technology is also more temperamental than other less-advanced systems, and unless the attendant Techpriests perform the proper blessings it may malfunction in the middle of battle. As well, this same technological advantage makes it more difficult to manufacture. Demand for the machine almost always outstrips the Departmento Munitorium's supply, and for a unit to receive brand-new Manticores is often a sign of prestige or favour by High Command.
Forge World Variants
In addition to the four Manticore Missiles the vehicle is also equipped with a Searchlight, Smoke Launchers and hull-mounted Heavy Bolter, which can be replaced with a Heavy Flamer. It may also be upgraded with Camo Netting, Dozer Blades, Extra Armour, a Hunter-killer Missile, and/or a pintle-mounted Heavy Stubber or Storm Bolter.
|Vehicle Name:||Manticore Missile Launcher[1a]||Main Armament:||4 Manticore Missiles|
|Forge World of Origin:||Stygies VIII||Secondary Armament:||Heavy Bolter|
|Crew:||Commander, Driver, Gunner, Loader||Elevation:||From 0° to +45°|
|Powerplant:||Vulcanor 16 Twin Coupled Multi-Burn||Main Ammunition:||4 Missiles|
|Weight:||38 tonnes||Secondary Ammunition:||300 rounds|
|Max Speed - on road||60kph||Gun Mantlet||N/A|
|Max Speed - off road:||45kph||Vehicle Designation:||0427-941-3043-MA3|
|Transport Capacity:||None||Firing Ports:||N/A|
Regiments known to contain Manticore Missile Launchers
- Krieg 22nd Armoured Regiment - Barbarius Campaign
- Cadian 31st Armoured Regiment - Levilnor IV
- Valhallan 58th Armoured Regiment - Rogue Trader Milos Baral's exploration force - Prath-Veil subsector
- Phyressian 14th Armoured Regiment
- Catachan 146th Jungle Fighters Regiment "Red Cobras" - Equatorial jungles of Yarant III
- Tallarn 17th Armoured Regiment
Note, that while the missiles on Graia pattern manticore are the most noticeable difference from more common Stygies VIII pattern, these are incenedary missiles and are not related to Graia pattern, which differs from Stygies VIII version by tower details.
- 1: Imperial Armour Volume One - Imperial Guard and Imperial Navy
- 2: Codex: Imperial Guard (5th Edition), pg. 54
- 3: Imperial Armour - Apocalypse II, pg. 7
- 4: Citadel Catalogue - Specialist Games 2009, pg. 21
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