|Leman Russ Conqueror|
|Models||Pattern III to VI|
|Maximum Speed||34 kph on road, 24 kph off-road|
|Crew||4 - commander, gunner, driver, loader; 2 sponson gunners (optional)|
|Main Ammunition||46 rounds|
The Leman Russ Conqueror is not a common variant of the standard Leman Russ. Records show that it is currently only being produced in significant numbers on the Forge World of Gryphonne IV, where the original patterns blue-prints were rediscovered sometime in the 38th Millenium. The plans currently reside with Mars, though several other Forge Worlds are lobbying for access to them.
Original fears that the smaller Conqueror cannon would produce an excessive loss in firepower and result in poor battlefield performance were allayed when field testing showed the reduced recoil from the gun's torsion bar counter-balance gave the tank better accuracy for firing on the move. This allowed the Conqueror greater mobility and the smaller shell size allowed loaders to keep up a high rate of fire. The turret space saved by smaller shells also allowed for greater ammunition storage, meaning the Conqueror was less reliant on re-supplying during offensive operations.
Specific features of the Conqueror turret include additional armour plates riveted on the forward turret sides. There is a co-axial mounted storm bolter for anti-infantry defence, alleviating the need for a pintle-mounted storm bolter and thus the tank commander's exposed firing position. A small searchlight is always included, which can also be used for night time communications in the event of radio failure or interference from atmospheric conditions. There are also improved air-intakes and venting, sealed against enviromental hazards by modified mufflers and closure valves. The turret rear includes an armoured ammunition hatch, which makes re-arming the tank fast and easy. Thius hatch also doubles for disposing of spent shell casing without the need for a crew member to exit the tank.
The entire first production run was issued to the Skitarii of Gryphonne IV for the Castra campaign. operating in conjunction with a battle-group of War Griffon Titans, the Conqueror equipped unit were easily capable of keeping up with the Titans as they encircled and trapped the besiegers of Hive Castra Septys. Once sealed within the pocket, the traitors were annihilated.
After this success, production was stepped up and Conquerors began to be exported to equip Imperial Guard regiments. Well liked by frontline crews for its speed, mobility and high rate of fire, it has become unofficially known as a 'breakthrough' tank because of its common tactical employment, advancing to exploit gaps in the enemy lines.