The Deimos Rhino, also known as the Deimos Pattern Rhino, is a prototype version of the Rhino Armored Personal Carrier (APC) used by the forces of the Empire of Humanity. The Deimos Pattern Rhino was the most common Rhino pattern used during the Great Crusade and the Horus heresy in the late 30th the old Mechanicum and in limited numbers by the regiments of the imperial army.
The Deimos Pattern Rhino would eventually be replaced by newer versions and patterns and is no longer produced by the Adeptus Mechanicus. The Mars Pattern Rhino has become the standard rhino currently used by the Orders of Adeptus Astartes, although some Orders out of respect and tradition still maintain the use of relic deimos rhinos.
The Deimos Rhino is, like all Rhino models, relatively easy to construct, very durable and easy to repair in the field, and can run on almost any fuel source, all features that have been greatly appreciated by the Rhino and become empire.
The Rhino APC has been in the service of the Empire for more than ten thousand Terran years, but its true origins go farther back to the depths of human history. Strangely enough, the preserved documents about the history of the Rhino APC are almost completely intact and give an accurate early history of the vehicle.
Old records show that the Rhino originally began as the RH1-N-0 Tracked Exploration and Multi-Purpose Defense Vehicle, used by colonists and explorers as mankind spread across the galaxy and colonized new worlds, and was considered the Standard Template Construct (STC). Draft.
The human colonists of the technological age needed a robust, off-road tracked vehicle that was sealed against hostile environments and offered a measure of protection against potential enemies. The first Rhino was field tested on Mars and proved to be a great success.
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