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Despite their age, Nuclear Weapons (or atomics) are still used by the Imperium for example as a subject of the Exterminatus of a target planets.
Known Nuclear Weapons Platforms
- The Deathstrike Missile Launcher, though the Imperial Guard prefers Plasma warheads.
- Imperial Navy warships may use atomics during Exterminatus and orbital bombardment or for ship-to-ship combat in macro-batteries or torpedoes.
- Harbinger Bomber
- The Squat Land Train Bomb Battlewagon
Notable Instances of Nuclear Weapons Use
- The ancient civil wars which devastated Baal
- Mass use during the Unification Wars
- Corvus Corax and his rebels unleashed a nuclear bombardment of Kiavahr during their slave revolt.
- The Sarosh attempted to assassinate Lion El'Jonson with a nuclear warhead during the Great Crusade
- The Fall of the Lords of Gardinaal - Used by Gardinaal forces
- Unleashed by traitor forces against loyalists during the Battle of Isstvan III
- The Drop Site Massacre - The Iron Warriors launched a tactical nuclear weapon at Vulkan's position.
- During the Schism of Mars hundreds of nuclear weapons silos were fired against loyalist forces.
- The Krieg Civil War
- In the Sabbat Worlds Crusade, the fallen hive Ferrozoica annihilated Vannick Hive with a nuclear device.
- Chaos Space Marine forces unleashed nuclear weapons against the world of Ioline during the Diamor Campaign
- The Blood Angels fleet launched mass nuclear bombardment against Tyranid forces during the Devastation of Baal.
- 1: Descent of Angels (Novel), Chapter 20
- 2: Imperial Armour Volume Five - The Siege of Vraks - Part One, pgs. 86-88
- 3: Index Astartes - Blood Angels
- 4: Fulgrim (Novel), Chapter 25
- 5: Tactica Aeronautica, pg. 21
- 6: The Horus Heresy Book Three - Extermination, pg. 133
- 7: The Horus Heresy Book Two - Massacre, pgs. 88–91
- 8: Black Crusade: Traitor's Hate, Chapter 2
- 9: Codex: Tyranids (8th Edition) — The Battle of Baal
- 10: A Thousand Sons (Novel), Chapter 22
- 11: Mechanicum (Novel), Chapter 3.01
- 12: Codex: Imperial Guard (5th Edition), pg. 55
- 13: Fulgrim (Novel), Chapter 21
- 14: Ork and Squat Warlords, pg. 40
- 15: Rogue Trader: Into the Storm, pg. 163
- 16: Dark Imperium: Godblight (Novel), Chapter 33
- 17: Necropolis (Novel) — The Founding (Omnibus), Chapter Four