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:''This article is about the [[Battlestar Galactica (RDM)|Re-imagined Series]] heavy raider. For other versions, see [[Cylon Raider]].''
 
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| image= Heavy raider.jpg
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| race= Cylon
 
| race= Cylon
 
| type= Military
 
| type= Military
 
| ftl= Yes
 
| ftl= Yes
| crew= Holds approximately 10 [[Cylon Centurion|Centurions]]
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| propol= * 8x sublight boosters <br /> * RCS thrusters
| role= Troop transport and gunship
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| crew= Approx. 10
| weapons= A 6-barrel [[Weapons in the Re-imagined Series#Viper and Cylon Raider|Kinetic Energy Weapon]] and at least one missile launcher
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| role= * Dropship <br /> * Gunship
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| arm= * 2x tri-barreled automatic cannons <br /> * Ship to ship missiles
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| status= Unknown
 
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A '''Heavy Raider''' is a [[Cylons (RDM)|Cylon]] dual purpose attack and transport spacecraft, nicknamed "[[List of terms (RDM)|turkey]]" by the [[The Fleet (RDM)|Fleet]]'s military units ([[Maelstrom]]).
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A '''Heavy Raider''' is a [[Cylons (RDM)|Cylon]] dual purpose attack and transport spacecraft, analogous to the Colonial's [[Raptor]] vehicle. It is nicknamed a "[[List of terms (RDM)|''turkey'']]" by the surviving Colonial [[The Fleet (RDM)|Fleet]]'s military units ([[TRS]]: "[[Maelstrom]]").
 
 
The main armament of the Heavy Raider seems to consist of a barbette of six cannons mounted under the cockpit area of the vehicle (as seen [[:Image:KEW_Heavy_Raider.jpg|here]]). These cannons are capable of an extremely high rate of fire ([[Scattered]]). The Heavy Raiders are also capable of launching missiles.
 
 
 
The first Heavy Raider is seen as part of a Cylon search party looking for [[Karl Agathon|Karl "Helo" Agathon]] and [[Sharon Agathon|Sharon Agathon ''née'' Valerii]] on Cylon-occupied [[Caprica (RDM)|Caprica]] ([[Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down]]). Further sightings in Season 1 are in "[[Colonial Day]]" with one craft landing near Agathon and Valerii, and in space over Caprica in "[[Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part II]]".
 
 
 
Unlike the standard [[Raider (RDM)|Raider]], the Heavy Raider is either exclusively or optionally piloted by humanoid Cylons ([[The Hub]]) or Centurions, however it can apparently pilot itself ([[The Road Less Traveled]]).
 
 
 
== Significant appearances ==
 
 
 
A Heavy Raider with a boarding party of five Centurions crash-lands into ''[[Galactica]]'s'' unused starboard [[flight pod]] ([[Scattered]]).
 
 
 
During the [[Battle of the Communications Relay]], two Heavy Raiders make soft landings inside one of the flight pods of the [[Mercury class battlestar|battlestar]] ''[[Pegasus]]'' and unload Centurion boarding parties ([[Razor]]).
 
  
[[Image:HR-Kobol-09-55.jpg|thumb|right|Heavy Raider on Kobol]]
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== Design ==
After shooting down a Colonial scouting party over [[Kobol (RDM)|Kobol]], a force of five Centurions lands near the crash site of [[Raptor 1]] in a Heavy Raider. They proceed to dismantle its missile launcher and [[DRADIS]] assembly in an attempt to build a surface-to-air missile battery, intending to shoot down any [[SAR|search and rescue]] parties that ''[[Galactica]]'' sends to find the survivors ([[Fragged]]).
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The Heavy Raider shares many design similarities with the rest of the Cylon Fleet, featuring an autonomous bio-mechanical design. However, this craft is also easily piloted by [[Cylon Centurion|Centurions]] or [[Humanoid_Cylon#Significant_Eight|Humanoid Cylons]] if needed. The Heavy Raider has no windows, and any Cylon piloting the craft must rely on telemetry delivered to a [[Datastream]] inside the craft for operation ([[TRS]]: "[[The Farm]]", "[[Deadlock]]").  
  
The Heavy Raider is conclusively proven to be a troop transport in "[[The Farm]]" when Sharon Agathon ''née'' Valerii commandeers one and uses it to evacuate the [[Caprica Resistance]] after they rescue [[Kara Thrace]] from a Cylon hybrid "farm." That captured Heavy Raider is eventually used to jump to Kobol where Thrace, Agathon and Valerii finally hook up with Laura Roslin's fleet.
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The Heavy Raider typically carries two tri-barreled automatic cannons capable of high rates of fire. These are further augmented with ship to ship missiles, which can be easily disassembled with the Raider's DRADIS dish into anti-aircraft batteries for use on a planet's surface ([[TRS]]: "[[Fragged]]").
  
The Cylon attack fleet in "[[Flight of the Phoenix]]" includes a large amount of Heavy Raiders, which could indicate a planned boarding operation or merely the need for additional heavy firepower.
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Typically, Heavy Raiders are a tough target to defeat, being able to withstand severe punishment, including crash landings ([[TRS]]: "[[Fragged]]", "''[[Razor]]''").  
  
Months later, [[Felix Gaeta]] reveals that with Valerii's cooperation they are able to interface the navigational system of a captured Heavy Raider with a [[Raptor]]'s FTL drive, making it capable of farther and more accurate jumps than before (beyond Colonial FTL's [[Red Line]] limit) with significantly faster calculations (as previously determined from a captured [[Cylon Raider (RDM)|Cylon Raider]]). A strike team is able to return to Caprica in less than ten jumps and successfully rescues the Caprica Resistance ([[Lay Down Your Burdens, Part I]]).
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== History ==
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The Heavy Raider was developed sometime during the forty year Cylon exile from Colonial contact. It took the Colonials by surprised when they were utilized to attack the Colonies at the onslaught of the [[Fall of the Twelve Colonies|Fall]]. Helpless people were left to watch as Centurions marched out as the ground invasion began ("''[[The Plan]]''").
  
After New Caprica, Thrace believes she sees a Heavy Raider in the atmosphere of a nearby gas giant, although no one else can see it. Its appearance may somehow relate to her [[The Destiny|alleged destiny]] ([[Maelstrom]]).
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Since the Fall, the Cylons have utilized the vehicle in their fleet, by deploying them alongside the autonomous Raider as a means of defense, deploying one for every ten or so Raiders ([[TRS]]: "[[Resurrection Ship, Part I]]", "[[Flight of the Phoenix]]").  
  
Heavy Raiders play a significant part in the battle to destroy the Cylon [[Resurrection Hub]]. Piloted by rebel Cylons, they tow powered-down Colonial Vipers to get them close without their engines and electronics being detected. After the cables are cut and the Vipers' systems activated, they engage the Cavil-faction baseships and Raiders until the resurrected [[D'Anna Biers]] is retrieved and the Vipers destroy the Hub in a nuclear missile strike ([[The Hub]]).
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What happens to these craft after the Fall of the Cylon [[The Colony|Colony]] is unknown ([[TRS]]: "[[Daybreak, Part II]]").  
  
A Heavy Raider is seen running a joint CAP with Colonial Vipers in [[Deadlock]].
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Image:Heavy Raider Aft.jpg|Heavy Raider aft view (Scattered).
 
Image:Heavy Raider Aft.jpg|Heavy Raider aft view (Scattered).
 
Image:Baseships over Caprica II.jpg|Deployed from a baseship ([[Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part II]]).
 
Image:Baseships over Caprica II.jpg|Deployed from a baseship ([[Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part II]]).
Image:Retconned Heavy Raider.png|Redesigned Heavy Raider.
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Image:HR-Kobol-09-55.jpg|Heavy Raider on Kobol.
 
Image:Closeup Heavy Raider Cockpit Redesigned .png|Closeup of the head.
 
Image:Closeup Heavy Raider Cockpit Redesigned .png|Closeup of the head.
 
Image:Heavy Raider Flying In Viper CAP.png|Flying joint CAP's after the mutiny.
 
Image:Heavy Raider Flying In Viper CAP.png|Flying joint CAP's after the mutiny.

Revision as of 08:02, 6 October 2013

This article is about the Re-imagined Series heavy raider. For other versions, see Cylon Raider.


Heavy Raider
Heavy Raider
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Type: Military
FTL: Yes
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Additional Information
Heavy Raider in the separate continuity
Heavy Raider in the primary continuity

A Heavy Raider is a Cylon dual purpose attack and transport spacecraft, analogous to the Colonial's Raptor vehicle. It is nicknamed a "turkey" by the surviving Colonial Fleet's military units (TRS: "Maelstrom").

Design

The Heavy Raider shares many design similarities with the rest of the Cylon Fleet, featuring an autonomous bio-mechanical design. However, this craft is also easily piloted by Centurions or Humanoid Cylons if needed. The Heavy Raider has no windows, and any Cylon piloting the craft must rely on telemetry delivered to a Datastream inside the craft for operation (TRS: "The Farm", "Deadlock").

The Heavy Raider typically carries two tri-barreled automatic cannons capable of high rates of fire. These are further augmented with ship to ship missiles, which can be easily disassembled with the Raider's DRADIS dish into anti-aircraft batteries for use on a planet's surface (TRS: "Fragged").

Typically, Heavy Raiders are a tough target to defeat, being able to withstand severe punishment, including crash landings (TRS: "Fragged", "Razor").

History

The Heavy Raider was developed sometime during the forty year Cylon exile from Colonial contact. It took the Colonials by surprised when they were utilized to attack the Colonies at the onslaught of the Fall. Helpless people were left to watch as Centurions marched out as the ground invasion began ("The Plan").

Since the Fall, the Cylons have utilized the vehicle in their fleet, by deploying them alongside the autonomous Raider as a means of defense, deploying one for every ten or so Raiders (TRS: "Resurrection Ship, Part I", "Flight of the Phoenix").

What happens to these craft after the Fall of the Cylon Colony is unknown (TRS: "Daybreak, Part II").

Notes

  • According to Eric Chu, Richard Livingston designed the Heavy Raider. [1]
  • As of "Razor", a new retconned exterior design for the Heavy Raider is in use. It is virtually identical to the previous incarnation save for a new head canopy—which matches that of the retconned standard Raider—and the addition of missile launcher (capable of propelling two missiles) superior to the forward battery.
  • The production team never constructed the interior of the Heavy Raider.

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References

  1. Mediablvd forum post (backup available on Archive.org) (in ).