The Remora Drone Stealth Fighter, officially designated as the DX-6 Remora, is a small drone fighter recently developed by the Tau Empire's Earth Caste. Packed with advanced Tau technology, Remoras were first encountered by the forces of the Imperium of Man during the Tau's raid on the Imperial penal mining colony of Typha IV. The Remora is a stealth Drone aircraft that commonly flies in support of Pathinder and Stealthsuit teams on scouting and reconnaissance missions, where they excel in conducting high speed hit-and-run attacks and rapid flanking manoeuvres. Remoras often work to disrupt and scatter enemy troops whilst singling out and destroying enemy targets of strategic value, such as command vehicles and enemy support vehicles, with their Seeker Missiles. Remoras are capable of operating in either full flight or anti-gravitic skimmer mode in combat, giving them great versatility in their deployment and tactical movements. However, whilst in full flight, the aircraft relies on aerodynamic principles to stay aloft at a speed above half of its crusing speed of 1800 kilometres per hour. If the Remora ever becomes immobilised due to engine damage, it will fall and crash to the ground. The Remora's anti-gravitic engines are also of limited use. Because of this, Remoras may only operate as skimmers for up to ten minutes per hour. Remoras themselves have a short operating range and need to be carried into battle underneath a modified Tiger Shark AX-2-2 variant mothership, or in the back of a specially modified Manta. Whilst the Drones are artificially intelligent and have some degree of self-initiative, they still rely on their mothership to relay data towards the drone fighters and direct them whilst in combat with their advanced Drone Controller systems. These mothership aircraft often direct Remoras from a high altitude and usually do not actively participate in combat. In the rare event a mothership aircraft disengages from the battle, or is destroyed, Remora fighters will revert back to their basic programming and begin to suffer from their lack of direction, making their manoeuvrability sluggish and slow as they move about aimlessly.
Remoras are armed with twin-linked, long-barrelled Burst Cannons as their primary armament, allowing them to target infantry from long ranges effectively. Remoras also carry two Seeker Missiles which can be fired upon targets designated by Marker Light operators on the ground, or by the Remora's own Networked Marker Light. The Remora's Seeker Missiles are most effective against light to medium armoured targets as the Remora's speed allows it to move into positions where its Seeker Missiles can strike the more vulnerable side or rear armour of vehicles. Remoras are equipped with a Targeting Array and Blacksun Filter as standard. The Targeting Array increases the accuracy of the Remora when firing its Burst Cannons and Networked Marker Light, whilst the Blacksun Filter utilises its optical filters to give the Drone fighter better combat effectiveness in low-light conditions and darkness. Remoras are also equipped with the same stealth field technology used by XV15 and XV25 Stealthsuits. This allows the Remora to hide itself from enemy sensors and also become all but invisible once the field is activated. It is because of this stealth field capability that Remoras are a valuable tool in scouting and ambushing enemy forces whilst remaining unseen.
- Pathfinder Search and Destroy Cadre – Specialised detachments of rapid-moving, highly manoeuvrable units operating forwards of mainline Hunter Cadres to reconnoitre and disrupt enemy movements and destroy targets of opportunity have proved their worth to the Fire Caste time and time again. Such Pathfinder Search and Destroy Cadres are formed around the most skilled Tau Pathfinder Teams, who serve to direct and control their Cadre's actions; providing Marker Light guidance and selecting which targets should be concentrated on by the Cadre's sudden attacks. The formation's main fighting force is comprised of DX-6 Remora Drone Stealth Fighters that excel in conducting high speed hit and run attacks and rapid flanking manoeuvres. The Remoras work to disrupt and scatter enemy troops whilst singling out and destroying targets of strategic importance, such as command vehicles and support units with their heavier armaments. The Cadre's eyes and ears on the move will often be Tetra scout speeder teams who range ahead of the Remoras and Devilfish to relay battlefield data. In battle, Pathfinder Search and Destroy Cadres are continually on the move, hunting down their prey and attacking targets before moving swiftly on. A Pathfinder Search and Destroy Cadre will always consist of at least one Pathfinder Team mounted in a Devilfish, at least one Remora Drone fighter team, and at least one Tetra scout speeder team. A single Devilfish in the Cadre will usually be designated as the command tank.
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- Imperial Armour Apocalypse, pp. 81-82
- Imperial Armour Apocalypse (2nd Edition), pp. 83, 85
- Imperial Armour Aeronautica, pg. 64
- Tactica Aeronautica, pp. 26, 35
- Deathwatch: Rites of Battle (RPG), pg. 195