The Rhino Primaris is a specialised variant of the standard Adeptus Astartes Rhino Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) that serves a battlefield support and command and control function. As a designated command vehicle, it possesses an unusually powerful array of Augur sensor arrays, Cogitators and advanced communications gear to carry out ship-to-surface coordination of a planetary assault. It often acts in concert with the Land Raider Excelsior, a variant of the standard Land Raider also intended to carry out command and control functions, to help target orbital bombardments from a Space Marine fleet in high orbit of the embattled world. The Rhino Primaris can transport 6 Astartes into combat.
When working in concert, Space Marine command tanks can secure victory within only solar hours of making planetfall in a combat zone. Orders weighed and delivered by one of the foremost tactical minds of the Adeptus Astartes galvanise those Space Marines nearby to heroic feats of war, whilst targeting Augurs relay telemetries that make each punishing volley impossible to escape. Not only is the strategic worth of these tanks hard to overstate, but they overwhelming destruction upon the foe. The Land Raider Excelsior's Lascannons swivel and track, annihilating those enemy vehicles not crushed by its forward Grav-cannon, while the Battle Barge high above unleashes the final blow. Guided by the Augur array of the Rhino Primaris, the resultant orbital bombardment hurtles out of the sky, leaving nothing but a crater in the planet's crust where a strongpoint lay moments before.
The Rhino Primaris is one of a number of new and more advanced patterns of military vehicles to have been created for deployment with the new Chapters of Primaris Space Marines raised by Archmagos Dominus Belisarius Cawl in preparation for the Indomitus Crusade begun by Lord Commander of the Imperium Roboute Guilliman in 999.M41.
- Twin-linked Plasma Gun
- Smoke Launchers
- Orbital Array - The Rhino Primaris possesses a powerful array of Augurs, Cogitators and advanced communications equipment that makes it possible to call down a pinpoint orbital strike on a ground target from an orbiting Adeptus Astartes Battle Barge.
- Dozer Blade (Optional)
- Storm Bolter (Optional)
- Hunter-Killer Missile Launcher (Optional)
- Extra Armour Plating (Optional)
Adeptus Mechanicus Technical Specifications
The Adeptus Mechanicus has not publicly released the technical specifications of the Rhino Primaris.
- Adeptus Astartes: Space Marine HQ Command Tanks (Forge World Model Set Data Sheet)