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The Whirlwind Hyperios is a mobile anti-air tank and variant of the Whirlwind Artillery Tank that serves as the Adeptus Astartes' most potent surface-to-air combat unit. The Whirlwind Hyperios is the newest variant of the Whirlwind to be deployed into the armouries of the Space Marines and was designed to replace the Hunter and Stalker variants as the Astartes' only anti-air combat platforms. The Whirlwind Hyperios replaces its missile turret with a battery of anti-aircraft surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) and a linked fire-control targeting Cogitator that is intended to lock on approaching enemy aircraft or other flyer and bring it down. The Whirlwind Hyperios is most commonly deployed by Space Marine forces when their various gunships are not available to provide close air support. The Whirlwind Hyperios' missiles are able to target enemy ground targets during emergencies, and although they are not effective against heavy armour, they can still cause heavy damage to enemy light and medium vehicles.
The Whirlwind Hyperios is an anti-air variant of the standard Astartes Whirlwind Artillery Tank. The Whirlwind Hyperios replaces the Whirlwind's Whirlwind Multiple Missile Launcher with a Hyperios Multiple Missile Launcher. The Hyperios Multiple Missile Launcher carries up to forty Hyperios Missiles that can be used to bring down enemy aircraft with ease. The weapon is highly efficient against low-flying aircraft making strafing runs. Like the standard Whirlwind, the Whirlwind Hyperios can also be outfitted with a dozer blade, extra armour plating, a Hunter-Killer Missile Launcher, improved communications equipment, a Pintle-mounted Storm Bolter, a searchlight, and smoke launchers.
Adeptus Mechanicus Technical SpecificationsEdit
|Vehicle Name:||Whirlwind Hyperios||Main Armament:||Dorsal Turret-mounted Hyperios Multiple Missile Launcher|
|Forge World of Origin:||Phaeton||Secondary Armament:||N/A|
|Known Patterns:||I - IV||Traverse:||360 degrees|
|Crew:||1 Driver, 1 Gunner||Elevation:||0 to 55 degrees|
|Powerplant:||Quad MkII Adaptable Thermic Combustor Reactor||Main Ammunition:||40 Surface-to-Air Missiles|
|Weight:||33 Tonnes||Secondary Ammunition:||N/A|
|Height:||5.2 metres||Superstructure:||60 millimetres|
|Ground Clearance:||0.44 metres||Hull:||60 millimetres|
|Max Speed On-Road:||68 kilometres per hour||Gun Mantlet:||N/A|
|Max Speed Off-Road:||50 kilometres per hour||Vehicle Designation:||0120-766-0812-WW 161|
|Transport Capacity:||N/A||Firing Ports:||N/A|
|Access Points:||N/A||Turret:||30 millimetres|
- Imperial Armour Volume Two - Space Marines and Forces of the Inquisition, pp. 57-66
- Imperial Armour Volume Three - The Taros Campaign, pg. 54
- Imperial Armour Volume Nine - The Badab War - Part One, pp. 72, 96