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Storm Eagle Assault Gunship

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


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 first Storm Birds were constructed on Terra, but primary production later transferred to Anvilus, Galatea, and Tigrus.[9]

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. 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]

A Storm Eagle Gunship of the Salamanders Chapter[1]


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

Known Patterns

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]


Designed by Iron Father Sabik Wayland of the Iron Hands Legion. This pattern was in use by the time of the Horus Heresy despite not having been officially sanctioned by the Martian Mechanicum. It was noted for its superior maneuverability, high velocity and inbuilt stealth technologies.[7]


Fire Raptor

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



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]


The Alphawing is a specialized variant of the Storm Eagle used by the Alpha Legion. It is a variant of the Raven Guard's Darkwing-pattern, which was among the schematics the Alpha Legion claimed after infiltrating the Legion, during the Horus Heresy.[10]


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


Space Marine Vehicles
Light Vehicles
Walkers & Dreadnoughts
Armored Personnel Carriers RhinoRazorbackDamoclesRhino PrimarisRhino AdvancerImpulsor
Battle Tanks Predator (AnnihilatorDestructorBaal) • Land Raider (PhobosCrusaderRedeemerAchillesPrometheusTerminus UltraAresExcelsiorWrath of MjalnarAngel InfernusSolemnus AggressorAnvilarum) • Vindicator Laser DestroyerRepulsorRepulsor ExecutionerGladiatorAstraeus
Artillery WhirlwindVindicatorStalkerHunterWhirlwind HyperiosLand Raider Helios
Aircraft StormtalonThunderhawk GunshipThunderhawk TransportShadowhawkStormravenStorm EagleFire RaptorStormhawkCaestus Assault RamXiphonDark TalonNephilimStormfangStormwolfCorvus BlackstarOverlord
Air-Dropped/Deployed Drop PodHammerfall BunkerFirestrike Servo-Turret
Rare/Retired Contemptor DreadnoughtDeredeo DreadnoughtLeviathan DreadnoughtArquitorCerberusDeimos RhinoDeimos PredatorFalchionFellbladeJavelinJetbikeKratosLand Raider ProteusLand Raider AchillesMastodonSabreSicaranSpartanTyphonWhirlwind ScorpiusStormbirdDreadclawKharybdis Assault Claw

Chaos Space Marine Forces
Command Chaos LordExalted ChampionSorcerer LordDaemon PrinceDark Commune (Cult DemagogueMindwitchIconrachBlessed Blades)
Specialists Sorcerer (Balefire Acolyte) • WarpsmithDark ApostleMaster of PossessionMaster of ExecutionLord DiscordantWarsmithApothecaryInfernus Abomination
Troops Chaos Space MarinesHavocsChosenChaos TerminatorsPossessed (Greater PossessedAnointed) • Khorne BerzerkersPlague MarinesNoise MarinesRubric MarinesObliterators (Mutilators) • Dark DiscipleShrivetalonButcherCultists (Accursed MutantTorments) • Chaos SpawnFallen
Fast Attack BikersRaptorsWarp Talons
Chaos Dreadnoughts HelbruteFerrum Infernus DreadnoughtContemptor DreadnoughtSonic DreadnoughtBerserker DreadnoughtHellforged Leviathan DreadnoughtDeredeo Dreadnought
Vehicles & Daemon Engines RhinoPredatorInfernal Relic PredatorVindicatorLand RaiderLand Raider ProteusLand Raider AchillesLand Raider Hades DiabolusRelic SicaranSicaran VenatorMaulerfiendForgefiendDefilerBrass ScorpionBlood SlaughtererDecimatorBlight DroneKytanPlague HulkVenomcrawlerWhirlwind Scorpius
Heavy Vehicles SpartanFellbladeTyphonCerberusFalchionMastodonLord of SkullsDeath WheelPlaguereaperPlague Centurion
Aircraft HeldrakeStormbirdThunderhawkStorm EagleFire RaptorHell BladeHell TalonHarbingerDreadclawKharybdis
Summoned Greater DaemonsLesser DaemonsDaemonic Beasts
Special Characters Abaddon the DespoilerKharn the BetrayerTyphusAhrimanHuron BlackheartFabius BileCypherHaarken Worldclaimer