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{{Quote|Your foe is well equipped, well trained, and battle-hardened. He believes his gods are on his side. Let him believe what he will. We have the Imperial Navy on ours.|Squadron Leader Oleric Navar, The Malumvast Reclamation}}
 
{{Quote|Your foe is well equipped, well trained, and battle-hardened. He believes his gods are on his side. Let him believe what he will. We have the Imperial Navy on ours.|Squadron Leader Oleric Navar, The Malumvast Reclamation}}
 
[[File:MarauderDestroyer00.png|thumb|250px|A squadron of Marauder Destroyers in flight]]
 
[[File:MarauderDestroyer00.png|thumb|250px|A squadron of Marauder Destroyers in flight]]
The '''Marauder Destroyer''' is a variant of the standard [[Marauder Bomber]] that is used by the [[Imperial Navy]] as their primary atmospheric bomber aircraft. The Marauder Destroyer is the most widespread variant of the Marauder Bomber and is specialised in low-level ground attacks instead of high altitude strategic bombings. The Marauder Destroyer variant features a reduced bomb payload in favour of overwhelming direct firepower. The Destroyer variant was first developed during the [[Second War for Armageddon]], where it was outfitted for night operations and armed to carry out precision strikes on key targets with a heavy amounts of firepower. The Marauder Destroyer was accepted as an officially recognised variant of the Marauder Bomber and it has become common within the Imperial Navy's bomber wings. The aircraft is usually based on an orbiting starship, and can operate in the vacuum of space as well as in a planet's atmosphere. During a prolonged Imperial campaign, Imperial Navy airbases can be established on the ground, yet due to the Marauder's extreme range they can located safely behind the front, sometimes even on another continent far from the frontlines. During ground assault missions, the [[Imperial Guard]] forces on the ground will mark the enemy's positions with coloured flares, allowing the Imperial Navy's bomber wings to strike with even greater accuracy. Sometimes experienced Imperial Navy Pilots will accompany the ground forces to better coordinate air strikes.
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The '''Marauder Destroyer''' is a variant of the standard [[Marauder Bomber]] that is used by the [[Imperial Navy]] as its primary atmospheric bomber aircraft. The Marauder Destroyer is the most widespread variant of the Marauder Bomber and is specialised to perform low-level ground attacks instead of performing high altitude strategic bombing. The Marauder Destroyer features a reduced bomb payload in favour of overwhelming direct firepower. The Destroyer variant was first developed during the [[Second War for Armageddon]], where it was outfitted for night operations and armed to carry out precision strikes on key targets. The Marauder Destroyer was accepted by the [[Adeptus Mechanicus]] after that conflict as an officially recognised variant of the Marauder Bomber and it has become common within the Imperial Navy's bomber wings. The aircraft is usually based on an orbiting starship, and can operate in the vacuum of space as well as in a planet's atmosphere. During a prolonged Imperial campaign, Imperial Navy airbases can be established on the ground, yet due to the Marauder's extreme range they are normally based safely behind the front, sometimes even on another continent from the frontlines. During ground assault missions, [[Imperial Guard]] forces on the ground will mark the enemy's positions with coloured flares, allowing the Imperial Navy's bomber wings to strike with even greater accuracy. Sometimes experienced Imperial Navy pilots will accompany the ground forces to better coordinate these air strikes for their fellow flyers.
   
 
==Armament==
 
==Armament==
 
[[File:MarauderDestroyer07.png|thumb|250px|A Marauder Destroyer squadron in flight]]
 
[[File:MarauderDestroyer07.png|thumb|250px|A Marauder Destroyer squadron in flight]]
The Marauder Destroyer is more heavily armed than the standard [[Marauder Bomber]], featuring three sets of nose-mounted [[twin-linked]] [[Autocannon]]s instead of a single set of [[twin-linked]] [[Lascannons]] and up to eight [[Missile|Hellstrike Missiles]] located on external wing-mounted hardpoints. The Marauder Destroyer has a smaller bomb-bay, and is capable of carrying only six Heavy Bombs, as opposed to the standard design's twelve. The Destroyer variant also replaces the standard rear-mounted set of [[twin-linked]] [[Heavy Bolter]]s with a set of [[twin-linked]] [[Assault Cannon]]s, giving the craft greater protection against enemy aircraft while in flight. The Marauder Destroyer can be outfitted with ejection seats or an armoured cockpit, if these are not already installed, and either flare or chaff launchers which are used to confuse incoming enemy fire, making it more difficult for the enemy to damage the craft. The craft can also be equipped with infa-red targeting equipment for better accuracy during unfavourable conditions where visual sighting of a target may be difficult, such as nighttime combat, and illumination flares that allow ground and air co-ordination as aircraft fly through the lighted area, which is useful for both locating enemies and keeping track of friendlies in the sky. These aircraft can also feature distinctive paint schemes or decals that can help hide the aircraft against the corlours of the sky or environment, or specialised paint schemes such as flames, teeth, or lightning flashes that can give nearby friendly troops a morale boost as they recognise the aircraft flying by.
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The Marauder Destroyer is more heavily armed than the standard [[Marauder Bomber]], featuring three sets of nose-mounted [[twin-linked]] [[Autocannon]]s instead of a single set of [[twin-linked]] [[Lascannons]] and up to eight [[Missile|Hellstrike Missiles]] located on external wing-mounted hardpoints. The Marauder Destroyer has a smaller bomb-bay capacity, and is capable of carrying only six heavy bombs, as opposed to the standard design's twelve. The Destroyer variant of the Marauder also replaces the standard rear-mounted set of [[twin-linked]] [[Heavy Bolter]]s with a set of [[twin-linked]] [[Assault Cannon]]s, giving the aircraft greater protection against enemy aircraft while in flight. The Marauder Destroyer can be outfitted with ejection seats or an armoured cockpit, if these are not already installed, and either flare or chaff launchers which are used to confuse incoming fire, making it more difficult for enemy aircraft to damage the Imperial flyer. The aircraft can also be equipped with infa-red targeting equipment for better accuracy in certain unfavourable environmental conditions such as nighttime where the visual sighting of a target may prove difficult or impossible. A Marauder Destroyer equipped with the ability to drop illumination flares allows for increased ground and air co-ordination as aircraft fly through the lighted area, which is useful for both locating the foe on the ground and keeping track of other friendly Imperial aircraft in the sky. These aircraft can also feature distinctive environmental camouflage schemes and decals such as flames, teeth, or lightning flashes that can give nearby friendly troops a morale boost as they recognise an allied aircraft flying overhead.
   
 
==Known Users of the Marauder Destroyer==
 
==Known Users of the Marauder Destroyer==
*'''2424th Imperial Navy Bomber Wing''' - The 2424th [[Imperial Navy]] Bomber Wing made use of Marauder Destroyers during the [[Third War for Armageddon]], while fighting against the massive [[Ork]] [[Waaagh!|WAAAGH!]] of [[Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka]].
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*'''2424th Imperial Navy Bomber Wing''' - The 2424th Imperial Navy Bomber Wing made use of Marauder Destroyers during the [[Third War for Armageddon]], while fighting against the massive [[Ork]] [[Waaagh!|WAAAGH!]] of [[Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka]].
*'''4521st Imperial Navy Bomber Wing''' - The 4521st [[Imperial Navy]] Bomber Wing made use of Marauder Destroyers during the [[Third War for Armageddon]].
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*'''4521st Imperial Navy Bomber Wing''' - The 4521st Imperial Navy Bomber Wing made use of Marauder Destroyers during the Third War for Armageddon.
*'''23rd Imperial Navy Bomber Wing''' - The 23rd [[Imperial Navy]] Bomber Wing made use of Marauder Destroyers during an Imperial campaign on the jungle [[Death World]] of Denkari-Prime.
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*'''23rd Imperial Navy Bomber Wing''' - The 23rd Imperial Navy Bomber Wing made use of Marauder Destroyers during an Imperial campaign on the jungle [[Death World]] of Denkari-Prime.
*'''501st Imperial Navy Bomber Wing''' - The 501st [[Imperial Navy]] Bomber Wing has been known to make use of Marauder Destroyers.
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*'''501st Imperial Navy Bomber Wing''' - The 501st Imperial Navy Bomber Wing has been known to make use of Marauder Destroyers.
   
 
==Adeptus Mechanicus Technical Specifications==
 
==Adeptus Mechanicus Technical Specifications==
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| style="text-align: center;"|I - VII
 
| style="text-align: center;"|I - VII
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Main Armament
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Main Armament
| style="text-align: center;"|3 sets of [[Twin-linked|twin-linked]] Nose-mounted [[Autocannon]]s, 1 set of Rear-mounted [[Twin-linked|twin-linked]] [[Assault Cannon]]s, 1 set of Dorsal-mounted [[Twin-linked|twin-linked]] [[Heavy Bolter]]s
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| style="text-align: center;"|6 [[Twin-linked|twin-linked]], nose-mounted [[Autocannon]]s, 2 rear-mounted [[Twin-linked|twin-linked]] [[Assault Cannon]]s, 2 dorsal-mounted [[Twin-linked|twin-linked]] [[Heavy Bolter]]s
 
|-
 
|-
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Crew
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Crew
 
| style="text-align: center;"|1 Pilot/Commander, 1 Navigator, 1 Bombardier, 1 Nose Gunner, 1 Tail Gunner, and 1 Turret Gunner
 
| style="text-align: center;"|1 Pilot/Commander, 1 Navigator, 1 Bombardier, 1 Nose Gunner, 1 Tail Gunner, and 1 Turret Gunner
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Secondary Armament
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Secondary Armament
| style="text-align: center;"|3,000 kg Internal Payload, Wing-mounted [[Missile|Hellstrike Missiles]]
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| style="text-align: center;"|3,000 kilogram internal bomb payload, 8 wing-mounted [[Missile|Hellstrike Missiles]]
 
|-
 
|-
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Powerplant
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Powerplant
| style="text-align: center;"|4 x J79-CS Afterburning Ramjet
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| style="text-align: center;"|4 J79-CS Afterburning Ramjets
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Main Ammunition
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Main Ammunition
| style="text-align: center;"|300 Rounds and 2000
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| style="text-align: center;"|300 rounds of primary ammunition
 
|-
 
|-
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Weight
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Weight
 
| style="text-align: center;"|43 Tonnes Empty
 
| style="text-align: center;"|43 Tonnes Empty
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Secondary Ammunition
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Secondary Ammunition
| style="text-align: center;"|6 x 200 kg High Explosive Bombs and 8 [[Missile|Hellstrike Missiles]]
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| style="text-align: center;"|2000 rounds of secondary ammunition, 6 200 kilogram
 
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|-
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Length
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Length
| style="text-align: center;"|19.2 Meters
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| style="text-align: center;"|19.2 metres
 
! colspan="2" rowspan="1" style="text-align: center;"|Armour
 
! colspan="2" rowspan="1" style="text-align: center;"|Armour
 
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|-
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Wingspan
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Wingspan
| style="text-align: center;"|24.6 Meters
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| style="text-align: center;"|24.6 metres
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Superstructure
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Superstructure
 
| style="text-align: center;"|45 millimetres
 
| style="text-align: center;"|45 millimetres
 
|-
 
|-
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Height
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Height
| style="text-align: center;"|4.8 Meters w/ Landing Gear Down
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| style="text-align: center;"|4.8 metres w/ Landing Gear Down
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Hull
 
! style="text-align: center;"|Hull
 
| style="text-align: center;"|30 millimetres
 
| style="text-align: center;"|30 millimetres
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==Sources==
 
==Sources==
 
*''Imperial Armour Volume One - Imperial Guard and Imperial Navy'', pp. 235- 240, 276
 
*''Imperial Armour Volume One - Imperial Guard and Imperial Navy'', pp. 235- 240, 276
*''Imperial Armour Apocalypse'' (2nd edition), pg. 38
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*''Imperial Armour Apocalypse'' (2nd Edition), pg. 38
 
*''Imperial Armour Aeronautica'', pg. 18
 
*''Imperial Armour Aeronautica'', pg. 18
   

Revision as of 08:06, December 9, 2012

"Your foe is well equipped, well trained, and battle-hardened. He believes his gods are on his side. Let him believe what he will. We have the Imperial Navy on ours."

—Squadron Leader Oleric Navar, The Malumvast Reclamation
MarauderDestroyer00

A squadron of Marauder Destroyers in flight

The Marauder Destroyer is a variant of the standard Marauder Bomber that is used by the Imperial Navy as its primary atmospheric bomber aircraft. The Marauder Destroyer is the most widespread variant of the Marauder Bomber and is specialised to perform low-level ground attacks instead of performing high altitude strategic bombing. The Marauder Destroyer features a reduced bomb payload in favour of overwhelming direct firepower. The Destroyer variant was first developed during the Second War for Armageddon, where it was outfitted for night operations and armed to carry out precision strikes on key targets. The Marauder Destroyer was accepted by the Adeptus Mechanicus after that conflict as an officially recognised variant of the Marauder Bomber and it has become common within the Imperial Navy's bomber wings. The aircraft is usually based on an orbiting starship, and can operate in the vacuum of space as well as in a planet's atmosphere. During a prolonged Imperial campaign, Imperial Navy airbases can be established on the ground, yet due to the Marauder's extreme range they are normally based safely behind the front, sometimes even on another continent from the frontlines. During ground assault missions, Imperial Guard forces on the ground will mark the enemy's positions with coloured flares, allowing the Imperial Navy's bomber wings to strike with even greater accuracy. Sometimes experienced Imperial Navy pilots will accompany the ground forces to better coordinate these air strikes for their fellow flyers.

Armament

MarauderDestroyer07

A Marauder Destroyer squadron in flight

The Marauder Destroyer is more heavily armed than the standard Marauder Bomber, featuring three sets of nose-mounted twin-linked Autocannons instead of a single set of twin-linked Lascannons and up to eight Hellstrike Missiles located on external wing-mounted hardpoints. The Marauder Destroyer has a smaller bomb-bay capacity, and is capable of carrying only six heavy bombs, as opposed to the standard design's twelve. The Destroyer variant of the Marauder also replaces the standard rear-mounted set of twin-linked Heavy Bolters with a set of twin-linked Assault Cannons, giving the aircraft greater protection against enemy aircraft while in flight. The Marauder Destroyer can be outfitted with ejection seats or an armoured cockpit, if these are not already installed, and either flare or chaff launchers which are used to confuse incoming fire, making it more difficult for enemy aircraft to damage the Imperial flyer. The aircraft can also be equipped with infa-red targeting equipment for better accuracy in certain unfavourable environmental conditions such as nighttime where the visual sighting of a target may prove difficult or impossible. A Marauder Destroyer equipped with the ability to drop illumination flares allows for increased ground and air co-ordination as aircraft fly through the lighted area, which is useful for both locating the foe on the ground and keeping track of other friendly Imperial aircraft in the sky. These aircraft can also feature distinctive environmental camouflage schemes and decals such as flames, teeth, or lightning flashes that can give nearby friendly troops a morale boost as they recognise an allied aircraft flying overhead.

Known Users of the Marauder Destroyer

  • 2424th Imperial Navy Bomber Wing - The 2424th Imperial Navy Bomber Wing made use of Marauder Destroyers during the Third War for Armageddon, while fighting against the massive Ork WAAAGH! of Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka.
  • 4521st Imperial Navy Bomber Wing - The 4521st Imperial Navy Bomber Wing made use of Marauder Destroyers during the Third War for Armageddon.
  • 23rd Imperial Navy Bomber Wing - The 23rd Imperial Navy Bomber Wing made use of Marauder Destroyers during an Imperial campaign on the jungle Death World of Denkari-Prime.
  • 501st Imperial Navy Bomber Wing - The 501st Imperial Navy Bomber Wing has been known to make use of Marauder Destroyers.

Adeptus Mechanicus Technical Specifications

Marauder Destroyer
Type Ground Attack Bomber Operational Ceiling 41,000 Metres w/ Jet Engines
Vehicle Name Marauder Destroyer Max Speed 1,800 kilometres per hour
Forge World of Origin Cypra Mundi Range 15,000 kilometres in atmosphere
Known Patterns I - VII Main Armament 6 twin-linked, nose-mounted Autocannons, 2 rear-mounted twin-linked Assault Cannons, 2 dorsal-mounted twin-linked Heavy Bolters
Crew 1 Pilot/Commander, 1 Navigator, 1 Bombardier, 1 Nose Gunner, 1 Tail Gunner, and 1 Turret Gunner Secondary Armament 3,000 kilogram internal bomb payload, 8 wing-mounted Hellstrike Missiles
Powerplant 4 J79-CS Afterburning Ramjets Main Ammunition 300 rounds of primary ammunition
Weight 43 Tonnes Empty Secondary Ammunition 2000 rounds of secondary ammunition, 6 200 kilogram
Length 19.2 metres Armour
Wingspan 24.6 metres Superstructure 45 millimetres
Height 4.8 metres w/ Landing Gear Down Hull 30 millimetres

Also See

  • Imperial Vehicles

Sources

  • Imperial Armour Volume One - Imperial Guard and Imperial Navy, pp. 235- 240, 276
  • Imperial Armour Apocalypse (2nd Edition), pg. 38
  • Imperial Armour Aeronautica, pg. 18

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