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Sabre Gun Platform with four Heavy Stubbers[3]

The Sabre Gun Platform is a static defensive emplacement used by the Imperial Guard and Planetary Defense Forces.[1]

They are favoured by armoured and support regiments,[2] and regiments tasked to defend a strategic location, where they are issued to Heavy Weapons Platoons in place of their normal load-out.[1] Two Guardsmen are needed to crew the platform, which features dual heavy-weapon mounts able to be fitted with standard Imperial Guard weapons for ease of supply and maintenance. Common mountings include twin-linked Heavy Bolters for anti-personnel duty, twin-linked Lascannons for anti-armor firepower, and either twin-linked Autocannons or quad-mounted Heavy Stubbers for air defence.[2] In place of weaponry some Sabre platforms will instead mount a massive Searchlight for illuminating targets in darkness.[1]

Before moving to another position the platform needs to be fully broken down. This is more difficult when under fire or in other combat circumstances. Instead, Sabres placed around the key objectives and often their operators find themselves forming last line of defence of any failing campaign; not surprising that many Guardsmen rightly consider assignment to a battery of Sabres as a death warrant.[4]



Conflicting sources

Though the Source [1] stated that two crewmen are needed to operate the Sabre Gun Platform, Source [4] says that one infantryman is enough.