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Ultramarines Razorback with a lascannon turret.[2]

The Razorback is a tracked, armoured vehicle used by Space Marine Chapters. Its design is based on the Rhino chassis and as such is quite easy to manufacture, sharing many of its design features. It is sometimes favoured over the Rhino because of its superior firepower, although this comes at the cost of less transport space. Because the rediscovery of the design occurred after the Horus Heresy, the Traitor Legions rarely field the Razorback.

History

A variant of the Predator Battle Tank designed to carry troops is believed to be the first precursor to the modern Razorback. However, the STC template for the Razorback was first rediscovered in M36 by Chief Artisan Tilvius while he was exploring the Southern Rim of the galaxy. When he returned to Mars, the Adeptus Mechanicus recognized it from earlier records and commenced work on its production. Within two hundred years the first Razorbacks were field-tested and began seeing service to the Adeptus Astartes soon after.[1]

Battlefield Role

Some Chapter Masters are wary of using the Razorback, partly because it is a relatively "recent" machine at only 4,000 years old.[4] They also believe it fails both as a troop transport and a battle tank, lacking the transport capacity or firepower and armour of dedicated machines. Others see it as filling a gap between the two, able to provide heavy fire support for squads assaulting the enemy, and freely mix Rhinos and Razorbacks together. Further uses include providing escort for armoured attacks and heavy reconnaissance in coordination with bike-mounted troops.[1]

Design Features

Armament

The standard armament of a Razorback consists of a twin-linked heavy bolter mounted in a turret atop the vehicle. The turret is normally remote-controlled, using a targeting logis-engine similar to that found in Land Raiders. In some cases Razorbacks lack this system, however, and so a second marine or servitor is added to man the weapon, protected from enemy fire by a gun shield.[1]

The heavy bolters can often be replaced with a twin-linked heavy flamer, a twin-linked assault cannon, a twin-linked lascannon, a Multi-melta[5], or a combination of a lascannon and a twin-linked plasma gun.[4]

Equipment

Standard equipment includes Smoke Launchers and a searchlight. The Razorback can be further upgraded with Dozer Blades, a pintle-mounted storm bolter, a hunter-killer missile, and extra armour.[4]

Transport Capacity

The capacity of the Razorback is reduced compared to the Rhino, and can carry up to 6 Space Marines in Power Armour, though not in Terminator Armour. The Razorback has the same access points found on the Rhino, however it lacks any fire points due to its turret-mounted weapon. Devastator marines in particular favor the use of the Razorback.[4]

Technical Information

Technical Specifications vde
Vehicle Name: Razorback[1] Main Armament: Twin-linked Heavy Bolters/Lascannons/Multi-Melta
Forge World of Origin: Mars Secondary Armament: N/A
Known Patterns: II-XVII Traverse: 260°
Crew: Driver Elevation: From -5° to 45°
Powerplant: Quad MkII Adaptable Thermic Combustor Reactor Main Ammunition: 1600 rounds
Weight: 31.5 tonnes Secondary Ammunition: N/A
Length: 6.6m Armour
Width: 4.5m
Height: 5.0m with turret Superstructure: 60mm
Ground Clearance: 0.44m Hull: 60mm
Max Speed - on road 70kph Gun Mantlet N/A
Max Speed - off road: 55kph Vehicle Designation: 0120-766-0742-RH984
Transport Capacity: 6 Firing Ports: n/a
Access Points: 3 Turret: 50mm


Vortimer Pattern Razorback

The Vortimer Pattern Razorback is a variant used by the Grey Knights. It mounts twin-linked Psycannons and only a few exist in the Chapter's service. These vehicles were personally constructed by Master Armourer Regis Vortimer himself and were for the Deliverance of Vulgate.[6a]

Infernum Pattern Razorback

It is believed that Techmarines of the Fire Hawks Chapter formulated a means of overcoming the power feed issue and first used the new vehicle variant during the Badab War, where this advanced type of Razorback was used to smash through enemy fortifications and deliver squads directly through the breach. The New variant was named Infernum Pattern Razorback.[6b]

Images

A Space Wolves Razorback.[3]

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