Named for the Avenger bolt cannons they bear, these fighters are often employed on strafing runs, raking armoured columns and bunkers on their weak side, rear, and top armour with mass-reactive bolt shells. With the ability to add missiles, bombs, lascannons, and autocannons, they can be geared up for a variety of mission objectives. When combined with the other fighters in the Imperial Navy, the Avenger Strike Fighter can bring tremendous amounts of firepower to both ground and air assaults.
The mining world of Taros is embroiled in a bitter, grinding war between the forces of the opportunistic T’au Empire and the jealous and vengeful Imperium of Man. While armies march across the surface of the embattled planet below, the skies are filled with aircraft locked in the dance of deadly dog fights. Will the T’au Air Caste declare air superiority, or will the dogged defense of the Imperial Navy prevail?
Tiger Shark Fighter-bombers are tremendously versatile – essentially a modular flying platform capable of delivering a wide range of weapons to the right place, at the right time. The Tiger Shark AX-1-0 is similar to the other aircraft in the same class, but geared towards taking out the heaviest armour and war machines with an immense pair of heavy rail cannons.
The T’au Air Caste utilises Tiger Shark Fighter-Bombers in a support role, raking ground targets with punishing strafing runs. Larger than the Barracudas and packing twice the firepower, woe betide the enemy aircraft that finds itself in target lock with these bruisers. Their transport capacity also allows them to secure ground targets after the smoke clears.
Typically seconded to the Astra Militarum, Valkyrie Assault Carriers deliver troops directly to the front, hovering in place to provide fire support, before blasting off to take on enemy aircraft. Versatile weapon hard points allow them to be kitted out to take on a wide range of ground targets and aircraft.
The quiet mining world of Taros became the target of the T’au Empire’s Third Sphere Expansion, and the Imperium of Mankind vowed to take it back at any cost. As the world below erupted in violent action across numerous fronts, so too did the sky become filled with fire and devastation.
When rapid interceptors are scrambled to support bomber squadrons or counter air raids, the fast and agile Lightning and Lightning Strike Fighters are first to the fight. Armed with powerful lascannons or multi-lasers, they excel at sending enemy aircraft spiraling to their dooms far below the area of engagement.
Versatile Barracuda Fighters are the backbone of the T’au Air Caste. Their skilled pilots and sophisticated technology allow them to seize control of the skies with a versatile array of main weapons and support systems for every enemy and occasion.
Taros was an unassuming mining world nestled in the Ultima Segmentum, faithfully toiling in the service of the Imperium of Man for thousands of years… or so it seemed. The T’au Empire quietly began trading with the planetary governor – when this treachery was discovered, the Imperium’s response was relentless and brutal.