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Space Wolves Xiphon Interceptor

The Xiphon Pattern Interceptor was a fighter aircraft used by the Legiones Astartes during the Horus Heresy.

Overview

Capable of both atmospheric and space flight, it carried two pairs of twin-lined Lascannons and a Xiphon Rotary Missile Launcher into battle. This firepower combined with the interceptor's speed and agility made it a deadly opponent.[1] However the design was complex, had limited range, ill-favored by the Mechanicum, and was preferred by the larger Wrath. Thus by the end of the Great Crusade it had fallen out of frontline service in all Space Marine Legions except the Dark Angels and Ultramarines, though the demands of the Heresy forced many more Legion's to press them into service once more.[2]

The origins of the fighter are long lost, but it shares similarities to the STC patterns with craft such as the Thunderbolt and Amhut Voyager. The design itself was brought into Imperial service in 806.M30 from the Rhadamanthys Enclave. The fighters performance puts great stress on its pilot, something Space Marines were naturally able to withstand.[2]

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Ultramarines Xiphon Pattern Interceptor

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