Spartan Assault Tank
Originally designed to get through the Ring of Death surrounding the city of Aries Primus on Mars, the standard Land Raider at the time could not transport Terminators. Such was the lethality of the Ring of Death plasma defence systems, that even with use of the Spartans, only the fraction of Terminator squads could hope to survive the advance. The design is based off the famous Land Raider.
The original Spartan had the standard Land Raider armament, two twin-linked lascannons (heavy bolters were not standard then) but also mounted either a heavy bolter or heavy flamer on a turret on top. It was widely spread after the Heresy, but disappeared when the standard Land Raider was re-designed to carry Terminators.
The Spartan design used today features the twin hull-mounted heavy bolters seen on contemporary Land Raider designs, as well as a pair of sponsons fitted with a deadly quad-lascannon battery each. It is able to transport 25 Space Marines in power armour and has the largest transport capacity of any dedicated transport vehicle used in the Imperium save the Gorgon. Additionally, it is considerably faster than other Land Raider variants despite its increased size, due to its reactor-driven motive drive systems and secrets.
Many Space Marine Chapters still maintain these huge war machines as part of their arsenals and deploy them into warzones where even the mighty Land Raider would be torn asunder. The Spartan is mainly popular in such Chapters who possess many Terminator suits, such as the Minotaurs.[4a] Chaos Space Marine warbands still operate Spartans that date back to the Great Crusade, with most belonging to the original Traitor Legions.
|Vehicle Name:||Spartan Assault Tank[4b]||Main Armament:||2x Sponson-mounted quad Lascannons|
|Forge World of Origin:||Anvilus Nine||Secondary Armament:||Twin-Linked Heavy Bolter|
|Crew:||Driver, Gunner||Elevation:||From -32° to +55°|
|Powerplant:||Atomantic core with auxilliary reactor||Main Ammunition:||Unlimited cell power feed|
|Weight:||71 tonnes||Secondary Ammunition:||800 rounds|
|Max Speed - on road||45kph||Gun Mantlet||N/A|
|Max Speed - off road:||38kph||Vehicle Designation:||N/A|
|Transport Capacity:||25||Firing Ports:||N/A|
Known Named Spartan Tanks
- 1: White Dwarf 119 (1989) Spartan, by Rick Priestley
- 2: Forge World - SPARTAN ASSAULT TANK (last accessed 23 May 2015)
- 3: The Horus Heresy Book One - Betrayal, pg. 222
- 4: Imperial Armour Volume 2 - Second Edition
- 5: Imperial Armour Volume Thirteen - War Machines of the Lost and the Damned pg.66