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A Storm Eagle Gunship of the Salamanders Chapter[1]

The Storm Eagle Assault Gunship is an aircraft used by Space Marines.[1]

Overview

The Storm Eagle dates back to the Great Crusade, designed to be a smaller attack craft to compliment the larger Stormbirds and Thunderhawks.[2]

The legendary mobility of the Adeptus Astartes has won planet-spanning conflicts with a single strike; providing the precise application of deadly force at the point where it proved most decisive. A Chapter's fleet of attack craft is the keystone that makes this possible, and it is the iconic Thunderhawks and Drop Pods that are at the forefront. Craft such as the Storm Eagle Assault Gunship follow close behind to lend their weapons to the devastating assault.[Needs Citation]

A formidable gunship, the Storm Eagle mounts fearsome firepower for a vehicle of its size and is capable of transporting twenty Space Marines directly into the thick of an assault. The exact provenance of the Storm Eagle is unknown, but it bears clear similarities to the Stormravens employed by the Blood Angels and Grey Knights. Certain sources place the principal manufacture of the Storm Eagle upon Tigrus and Anvilus IX, both primary-grade Forge Worlds that suffered catastrophic damage during the Horus Heresy.[1]

In recent decades the number of Storm Eagles in active service has begun to increase, especially amongst those Chapters known to have favourable relations with the Adeptus Mechanicus. But despite its increase in production, the Storm Eagle has yet to be deployed as widely as the Storm Raven.[4] Chaos Space Marine warbands are also known to still employ the Storm Eagle, though these date back to the Great Crusade and have often since become Daemonically corrupted.[5]

Armaments

The Storm Eagle generally has the following weapon systems -

Technical Information

Technical Specifications
Type Orbital Dropship Operational Ceiling N/A
Vehicle Name Storm Eagle Max Speed 2000 kph approx.
Forge World of Origin Unknown Range 30,000 km in atmosphere
Known Patterns Unknown Main Armament Vengeance launcher
Crew Pilot Secondary Armament twin-linked Heavy Bolters
Powerplant 2x combination rocket/afterburning turbofans Main Ammunition 48 missiles
Weight 68 tonnes Secondary Ammunition 2000 rounds
Length 18 m Armour
Wingspan 11.8m Superstructure 45 mm
Height 7.2m Hull 55 mm



Variants

Fire Raptor

The Fire Raptor is a dedicated gunship version of the Storm Eagle

Roc Pattern

The Roc Pattern Storm Eagle is used primarily by the Minotaurs and Red Templars, serving as a formidable tank hunter while sacrificing troop carrying capacity. It is armed primarily with a Vengeance launcher with Roc warheads.[4]

Darkwing

Darkwing

The Darkwing was a specialized variant of the Storm Eagle used by the Raven Guard during the Horus Heresy and Great Crusade. These craft were constructed on Kiavahr and the technology that made them was not shared with the greater Adeptus Mechanicus. This aircraft was extremely stealthy and possessed systems barely understood to the Imperium such as rad-shrouded armour and quantum field repellors. The space these systems took up however reduced infantry-carrying capacity. Thus, these craft were often used to insert small elite units deep into enemy held territory.[3]

Spiderwidow

The Spiderwidow is an Inquisitorial void-capable variant of the Storm Eagle. It carries few armaments, lacking space in the enlarged plasma-housing for anything but engines and assorted sensor-baffling archeotech, but it retains wing-mounted lascannons and a pair of heavy bolters at the prow.[6]

Known Named Storm Eagles

See Also

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