The Taurox is an armoured personnel carrier (APC) that is used by the Astra Militarum. The Taurox is a common sight within the armouries of the Imperial Guard and was designed to hit hard and fast by exploiting gaps in enemy lines or plugging gaps in the Imperium's own. The vehicle is only lightly-armored compared to many other Imperial vehicles, yet its rugged Castellan Pattern quad-track unit allows it to negotiate even the most uneven terrain with ease. The vehicle's capacity to traverse almost any terrain makes it ideal for counterattacks as Imperial Guard commanders will often hold back squads of short-ranged, hard-hitting infantry in the Taurox and then charge them in to quickly stop enemy attacks and breakthroughs before they can build momentum. The Taurox is regularly deployed as a reconnaissance vehicle due to its ability to traverse difficult terrain and yet still travel quickly. Tauroxes are also used to protect artillery columns where they will swiftly deploy squads of infantry to counter any unexpected threats, either destroying the threat or holding them at bay until reinforcements can arrive.
The Taurox is a robust infantry assault vehicle and is heavily armoured with thick plates and equipped with heavy weapons to both support Imperial infantry and bring heavy firepower to bear on enemy footsoldiers. The Taurox is armed with a set of twin-linked Autocannons, one located on each side of the vehicle's hull. The Taurox can have an armoured turret added to the top of the vehicle, and its twin-linked Autocannons located on the turret. This allows a 360-degree field of fire and an elevated firing location. The Taurox can also be equipped with either a pintle-mounted Storm Bolter or Heavy Stubber, either on the top of the vehicle or equipped as part of its turret. The Taurox can also make use of bull bars on its front to protect from debris and can be equipped with many other standard and non-standard Imperial upgrades and attachments such as a searchlight, relic plating, a dozerblade, recovery gear, smoke launchers, extra armour plating, fire barrels, a Hunter-Killer Missile Launcher, camouflage netting, and an Augur array.
The following are all known variants of the Taurox:
- Taurox Prime - The Taurox Prime is a variant of the standard Astra Militarum Taurox armoured personnel carrier. The Taurox Prime is a specialist variant that was built for use by the elite Militarum Tempestus, using the efficient and flexible Taurox design. The vehicle’s chassis incorporates arcane technologies that allow the vehicle to sustain Tempestus Scions while they operate in extremely hostile environments up to and including the cold vacuum of space. The vehicle can be internally pressurised, and features an array of life-support systems. Furthermore, the vehicle's engines -- using the proper rituals and prayers -- are capable of channeling magnetic force into the Taurox Prime’s tracks, enabling the vehicle to cling to vertical surfaces, and even operate in zero gravity conditions.
Adeptus Mechanicus Technical SpecificationsEdit
|Vehicle Name:||Taurox||Main Armament:||Hull or Turret-mounted twin-linked Autocannons|
|Forge World of Origin:||Unknown||Secondary Armament:||N/A|
|Known Patterns:||Unknown||Traverse:||360 and 6 degrees (Turret)|
|Crew:||Unknown||Elevation:||-2 to 28 degrees (Turret)|
|Max Speed On-Road:||Unknown||Gun Mantlet:||Unknown|
|Max Speed Off-Road:||Unknown||Vehicle Designation:||Unknown|
|Transport Capacity:||10 Infantry||Firing Ports:||Two on each side|
|Access Points:||Two side access points, one rear access point||Turret:||N/A or Unknown|
- Codex: Astra Militarum (6th Edition) (Digital Edition), pp. 108-110
- Codex: Militarum Tempestus (6th Edition) (Digital Edition), pp. 14, 32, 33, 55, 66