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Regular Pirahna Skimmer
TX 42 Pirahna Skimmer

The Piranha (they live in the Amazon) is a light two-seater skimmer (and the best in kamikaze skimmer technology) used by the Tau Empire. It began life as an unarmed low-cost ground transport for commanders and other important personnel, much like the Imperial Guard's Salamander Reconnaissance Tank, but during the Taros campaign it was given some extra armor and weapons to serve on the battlefield.

It comes armed with a burst cannon and a pair of gun drones, for mopping up most infantry, though it can swap the burst cannon for a fusion blaster and pack a pair of seeker missiles for hunting vehicles.

Its speed means that it is usually tasked with reconnaissance, though they are also used in rapid-response forces and security teams (loaded for whatever targets they expect to encounter). Though it is not tough enough to take a shot from a tank, it can weather infantry weapons and it is agile enough to harass much heavier vehicles until armor support can arrive.

The model was first made by Forge World for Imperial Armour Volume Three: The Taros Campaign, as an in-universe field test, but it was brought into the fourth edition Tau Empire Codex.

Piranha TX-42[edit]

The TX-42 is a slightly heavier variant of the Piranha more suited for hunting vehicles or heavy infantry -- it has no gun drones, but comes with twin-linked fusion blasters by default, with the option to take twin-linked missile pods, plasma rifles, or rail rifles. It also has the same vehicle upgrades available to the standard Piranha variant.

Forces of the Tau
Command: Cadre Fireblade - Ethereal - Tau Commander
Troops: Drone Squadron - Fire Warrior Team - Pathfinder Team - Stealthsuit Team
Auxiliaries: Great Knarloc - Kroot Carnivore Squad - Kroot Hound
Krootox - Lesser Knarloc - Vespid Stingwing - Gue'vesa
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 - Piranha - Sky Ray - Tetra
Flyers: Barracuda - Manta - Orca - Razorshark - Remora - Sun Shark - Tiger Shark