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An Aquila Lander

The Aquila Lander is a light shuttle typically used by the Imperial Navy. It is used to carry officers or other important persons from orbit to ground level and is named because of its wing arrangement. The wings end in a feather-like design and taper back as if in imitation of the sign of the Aquila. It is not designed as a combat vehicle, being only lightly armed with a Heavy Bolter (other variants replace the Heavy Bolter with a Multi-laser or Autocannon) for self defence, but it is well enough armoured to survive atmospheric insertion that it can protect its passengers from several hits before going down.[1]

The Aquila has one crewman, a pilot, in an armoured cockpit at the front of the vehicle. Twin jet engines are beside the cockpit and built within the fuselage, which allows the vehicle to hover over its landing point. Above them is an observation dome. Sometimes Aquilas are decorated with purity seals.[1]

Technical Specifications

Technical Specifications
Type Lander[5] Operational Ceiling N/A
Vehicle Name Aquila Lander Max Speed 1900 KPH
Forge World of Origin Cypra-Mundi Range 24,000 KM Atmosphere
Known Patterns I-VI Main Armament Nose Mounted Heavy Bolter
Crew Pilot Secondary Armament N/a
Powerplant 2 x RX-40-08 Rocket Engines Main Ammunition 400 Rounds
Weight 42 Tonnes Secondary Ammunition N/A
Length 11.8M Armour
Wingspan 21.45M Superstructure 65 MM
Height 8.1M Hull 65 MM


Miniatures

A crashed Aquila Lander from the Battle for Macragge box set

Forgeworld has released a model for the Aquila Lander[2] and a crashed version featured as several pieces of terrain in the Battle for Macragge box set.[3] The crashed version was later released separately as a Bitz Pack.[4]

Sources

  • 1: Imperial Armour - Apocalypse, pg. 36
  • 2: http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/acatalog/QUATERMASTERS_STORE_IMPERIAL_NAVY_45.html Forgeworld Online Catalogue (source is no longer active)
  • 3: http://macragge.uk.games-workshop.com/ Battle for Macragge Homepage (source is no longer active)
  • 4: http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/catalog/productDetail.jsp?prodId=prod80001a&rootCatGameStyle=/ Games Workshop Website (source is no longer active)
  • 5: Imperial Armour Volume Three - The Taros Campaign, pg. 244