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A Cadre or Kau'ui is the basic ogranisational structure of the military forces of the Tau Empire. These Cadres are often combined into a collection of teams. There are many types of Tau Cadre, but by far the most common one is the versatile Hunter Cadre. It is a combined arms group, fielding infantry, Battlesuits and gunships together joined under a Tau Commander. Most cadres are standing formations, although their exact structure includes some variation depending upon the strategic needs of their Commander.

There are many alternative kinds of Cadre within the Fire Caste, with several more specialist formations optimised for specific battlefield roles. The Retaliation Cadre, for example, groups teams of Battlesuits into a single force ideal for rapid insertion drops and counter-assault. Meanwhile, the Infiltration Cadre is utilised for reconnaissance in force, its Pathfinders, Sniper Drone Teams and Piranhas engaging the foe with guerrilla tactics while calling down strikes on key strategic targets.

A contingent --- or tio've -- is a grouping of Cadres, normally three to six in number and assembled to prosecute a specific battle or achieve a particular objective. Such large forces will always include at least one Ethereal, who is there to observe proceedings and offer guidance to the Commander. The Ethereal's role is vital, for contingents represent the marshalled military might of the Tau Empire and must be wielded with care -- only the vast, system-conquering Coalitions are larger and more powerful.

Types of CadresEdit

Hunter Contingent


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The Hunter Contingent is designed to be the most versatile template by which large Fire Caste forces can be assembled. Such a formation exhibits the strategic balance to face any threat.

Command Hunter Cadre
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Large forces will always include at least one Ethereal who acts as the Commander.

A Hunter Cadre is a combined arms group, fielding infantry, Battlesuits and gunships together under a Tau Commander.

Cadre Types

A contingent - or tio've - is a grouping of Cadres, normally three to six in number and assembled to prosecute a specific battle or achieve a particular objective. Such large forces will always include at least one Ethereal, who is there to observe proceedings and offer guidance to the Commander.

Optimised Stealth Cadre Fire Support Cadre Allied Auxiliaries
XV25 Stealthsuit Teams
XV95 Ghostkeel Battlesuit
Fire Support Cadres are used to assault vulnerable points in enemy lines.
2 XV88 Broadside Battlesuits
1 XV104 Riptide Battlesuit
 
Infiltration Cadre Heavy Retribution Cadre Air Caste Support Wing

Utilised for reconnaissance in force, this Cadre's Pathfinders, Sniper Drone Teams and Piranha engage the foe with guerrilla tactics while calling down strikes on key strategic targets.

Pathfinder Teams
Stealthsuit Teams
Supported by Sniper Drones
Piranhas (Reconnaissance)

Used to annihilate the most stalwart of enemies.

2 KV128 Stormsurges
XV95 Ghostkeel Battlesuit
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Other Cadre Types


Ranged Support Cadre
Piranha Firestream Wing
Skysweep Missile Defence
Drone Net VX1-0
Riptide Wing

SourcesEdit

  • Codex: Tau Empire (7th Edition), pp. 15-16

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