|Salamander Command Vehicle|
|Models||Pattern II to XXII|
|Maximum Speed||70 kph on road, 55 kph off-road|
|Crew||4 - commander, gunner, driver, comms-operator|
|Main Ammunition||10 shots|
There are many variants on the STC technology of the Chimera chassis - a rugged flexible design that Imperial Guard commander have relied on for centuries. It forms the bases of vehicles like the Hellhound, Basilisk, Bombard and Hydra. Some of these variants are more common than others. The Salamander is one such variation, most commonly used to equip Armoured Company HQ units and Armoured Reconnaissance squadrons.
The standard Salamander is issued to company command units as a combined transport, liaison and communications vehicle. Chimeras fitted with improved communications equipment also fulfil the same role in many units. The Salamander command vehicle is armed with a hull mounted heavy bolter and either a second heavy bolter or heavy flamer for self-defence. The Salamander command vehicle is not intended as a frontline combat vehicle, but more as a means of transporting command staff around the battlefield.
The rear platform contains extensive long-range communications equipment to keep a company commander (usually a Captain) in touch with his own units, regimental command and other company commanders. Each vehicle has a dedicated comms-operator trained to use this equipment as part of the crew. The rest of the vehicle crew will be formed from the command section staff. As well as the officer and comms-operator there is a driver and a gunner.
In the Vanaheim pattern Salamander command vehicle, the driver is provided with a multi-spectral surveyor, fitted as part of his overhead hatch. This is an advanced piece of equipment, providing the vehicle with magnification, tracking and night vision equipment.
The combination of good speed, protection and advanced comms-equipment means the Salamander has found other roles outside of HQ units. Some artillery units adopt Salamanders for use as mobile forward observation posts to call in indirect fire. Commissars have been known to adopt a Salamander as their own personal transport. They have also been called into service as a general utility vehicle, for towing equipment, supplies and even guns if there is a shortage of Trojans available.