The Land Raider Crusader is a variant of the standard Land Raider Phobos used by the Space Marines and the Inquisition. The Land Raider Crusader is rearmed to provide short-ranged, anti-infantry assault support for offensives. The Land Raider Crusader was originally developed as a variant of the standard Land Raider main battle tank by the Black Templars Space Marine Chapter, but was eventually approved as an authorised design for all Astartes Chapters by the Adeptus Mechanicus due in no small part to its usage by the Ultramarines Space Marine Chapter. It was originally designed during the Jerulas Crusade in 645.M39 by the Black Templars Artificer Simagus using recovered ancient techno-arcana in the long-forgotten depths of a captured Hive City. As tales of this variant Land Raider's successes spread, many other Chapters began to request information regarding its design. The Tech-priests of Mars officially recognised the Crusader Pattern of the Land Raider in 763.M39, although this was a mere formality since the design had already spread to hundreds of Chapters.
The Land Raider Crusader is armed with a hull-mounted Twin-linked Assault Cannon and two Sponson-mounted Hurricane Bolters, Hurricane Bolters are six Boltguns linked together. The Crusader is also equipped with a Pintle-mounted Multi-Melta to burn through armored walls. The removal of the standard Land Raider's Lascannon generators has increased the carrying capacity of the Crusader by an additional 50% making the Crusader able to carry sixteen Space Marines or eight Terminators into the heat of battle. The Land Raider Crusader is crewed by three Space Marines and has its own Machine Spirit. The Crusader has one additional unique upgrade in the form of Frag Assault Launchers situated on either side of the front entrance/exit ramp. These are designed to fire shrapnel at an entrenched enemy to aid the transported unit's charge when they leave the vehicle. The primary role of this vehicle in combat is to serve as an armoured fast assault tank, capable of launching assaults into the heart of enemy formations where it can withstand a heavy amount of punishment and deal out more than its share of damage to both infantry and tanks. The Land Raider Crusader can also be outfitted with a dozer blade, a Hunter-Killer Missile Launcher, a Pintle-mounted Storm Bolter in addition to its Pintle-mounted Multi-Melta, a searchlight, and smoke launchers.
- Crusader Hailstorm Squadron - Hailstorm Squadrons are a formation of the Land Raider Crusader often deployed by the Black Templars Chapter. Hailstorm Squadrons are comprised of 3-5 Land Raider Crusaders which thrust fearlessly into an enemy battle line. They then proceed to lay down a withering hail of fire. Additional ammunition for each vehicle's Hurricane Bolters is carried in the transport compartment of the Crusader. This reduces the number of assault troops that the vehicles in the squadron can carry, but allows them to conduct a coordinated "hailstorm" fire attack that is capable of sweeping away dozens of enemies at a stroke, and tearing the heart out of even a heavily fortified enemy defensive position.
Notable Users of the Land Raider Crusader
- Black Templars - The Black Templars Space Marine Chapter were the original users of the Land Raider Crusader, having founds its designs in a captured Hive City during the Jerulas Crusade. The Black Templars make extensive use of the Crusader, and have used it in many battles, including the Third War for Armageddon.
- Ultramarines - The Ultramarines Space Marine Chapter made extensive use of the Crusader before it was officially recognised by the Adeptus Mechanicus, and many believe that the use of the Crusader by the Ultramarines was a major factor in the Crusader becoming an officially recognised variant of the Land Raider.
- Doom Warriors - The Doom Warriors Space Marine Chapter made use of Land Raider Crusaders during the Battle for Truan City, where the vehicle's Hurricane Bolters were extremely effective against the invading Orks.
- Imperial Fists - The Imperial Fists Space Marine Chapter made use of the Land Raider Crusader during the Purging of Genymede.
- Howling Griffons - The Howling Griffons Space Marine Chapter made use of the Land Raider Crusader during the Badab War.
- Astral Claws - The Astral Claws Space Marine Chapter made use of the Land Raider Crusader during the Badab War, where they rebelled against the Imperium.
- Salamanders - The Salamanders Space Marine Chapter made use of the Land Raider Crusader during the Badab War and the Third War for Armageddon.
- Raptors - The Raptors Space Marine Chapter made use of the Land Raider Crusader during the Badab War.
Known Land Raider Crusaders
- Fire Drake - Fire Drake is a Land Raider Crusader of the Salamanders Space Marine Chapter. Fire Drake is heavily decorated with the markings of their Promethean Cult.
- Talassar's Fury - Talassar's Fury is a Land Raider Crusader that belongs to the Ultramarines Space Marine Chapter.
Adeptus Mechanicus Technical Specifications
|Vehicle Name:||Land Raider Crusader||Main Armament:||2 Sponson-mounted Hurricane Bolters|
|Forge World of Origin:||Jerulas||Secondary Armament:||Hull-mounted Twin-linked Assault Cannons, Pintle-mounted Multi-Melta|
|Known Patterns:||II - XI||Traverse:||180 degrees|
|Crew:||1 Commander, 1 Driver||Elevation:||-32 to 42 degrees|
|Powerplant:||Adaptable Thermic Combustion with Auxilliary Reactor||Main Ammunition:||4,000 Rounds|
|Weight:||72.0 tonnes||Secondary Ammunition:||2,000 Rounds|
|Height:||4.11 metres||Superstructure:||95 millimetres|
|Ground Clearance:||0.45 metres||Hull:||95 millimetres|
|Max Speed On-Road:||50 kilometres per hour||Gun Mantlet:||N/A|
|Max Speed Off-Road:||41 kilometres per hour||Vehicle Designation:||0120-766-0724-PR 122|
|Transport Capacity:||16 Space Marines, or 8 Terminator Marines||Firing Ports:||N/A|
|Access Points:||2 Side Doors, 1 Front ramp||Turret:||N/A|
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