Automated Barge Drone

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The ONLY assault boats of the Tau.

Automated Barge Drones are large hexagonal drones.

These are used primarily by the Demiurg and are basically the assault boats of their fleets. Automated Barge Drones usually house a dozen or so of these stunted NOT-Squats to hammer their way inside an enemy vessel and cause some shenanigans. They only appear in Battlefleet Gothic: Armada.

In Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 1 & 2[edit]

In Battlefleet Gothic: Armada, Automated Barge Drones are your typical Assault Boats for the Demiurg. In fact, they are one of the if not, the only assault boats in the entire Tau navy. These make Automated Barge Drones incredibly important assets, especially for the assaultless Tau who would just crumple under melee range. You would honestly expect the Kroots to be the ones with assault boats, but nope! Their Warspheres is only armed with missile launchers despite being 9km wide.

Forces of the Tau
Command: Cadre Fireblade - Ethereal - Ethereal Guard - Tau Commander
Troops: Drone Squadron - Fire Warrior Team - Pathfinder Team
Auxiliaries: Gue'vesa - Kroot (Great Knarloc - Kroot Carnivore Squad - Kroot Hound
Krootox - Lesser Knarloc - Shaper
) - Nicassar - Vespid Stingwing
Battlesuits: Battlesuits (XV02 Pilot Battlesuit - XV15 Stealthsuit - XV22 Command Suit
XV25 Stealthsuit - XV46 Vanguard Void Suit - XV-8 Crisis Battlesuit
XV88 Broadside Battlesuit - XV9 Hazard Battlesuit - XV95 Ghostkeel Battlesuit
XV104 Riptide Battlesuit - XV107 R'varna Battlesuit - XV109 Y'Vahra Battlesuit
KV128 Stormsurge Ballistic Suit - KX139 Ta'Unar Supremacy Armour
)
Vehicles: Devilfish - Hammerhead - Hover Chair - Piranha - Sky Ray - Tetra - Swordfish
Flyers: Barracuda - Razorshark - Remora - Sun Shark - Tiger Shark
Kor'Vattra: Manta - Orca - Automated Fighting Drone
Automated Barge Drone - Automated Bombing Drone