Heavy Raider

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

Heavy Raider
Heavy Raider
Race: Cylon
Type: Military
FTL: Yes
Propulsion: * 8x sublight boosters
* RCS thrusters
Crew: Approx. 10
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* Gunship
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Armaments: * 2x tri-barreled automatic cannons
* Ship to ship missiles
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Fate: Unknown
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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").


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").


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 (TRS: 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").

During the Battle of the Communications Relay, at least one Heavy Raider landed a boarding party led by a Number Six on the Pegasus after its defenses were disabled by Gina Inviere. This led to her exposure as a Cylon agent. (TRS: Razor)

During the Battle of Kobol, one Heavy Raider landed on the surface of Kobol and deployed Centurions and another crashed in Galactica's starboard landing bay, disgorging a Centurion boarding party who attempted to take over the ship at the same time that a Cylon computer virus shut down all power. (TRS: "Scattered," "Fragged")

With the help of the Caprica copy of Boomer, the Caprica Resistance stole a Heavy Raider which they used to rescue Kara Thrace from a Cylon farm. Kara, Sharon and Helo then used the Heavy Raider to jump to Kobol where they found Laura Roslin's faction and eventually reunited with Galactica. (TRS: "The Farm". Home, Part I")

When the logic bomb tried to take over Galactica, hundreds of Heavy Raiders as well as regular Raiders were part of the force coming to finish off the fleet. Sharon Agathon managed to reprogram the logic bomb and send it to the attack force, disabling all the Raiders and Heavy Raiders. They were then destroyed in the Great Cylon Turkey Shoot that followed. (TRS: "Flight of the Phoenix")

With the help of Sharon Agathon, Kara Thrace was able to use the navigational computer of a Heavy Raider to jump a fleet of Raptors to Caprica to rescue the Caprica Resistance and jump back to Galactica with much less FTL jumps than would normally be required. (TRS: "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part I," Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II")

During the Battle of New Caprica, the Cylon Occupation Authority and Gaius Baltar used a Heavy Raider to leave New Caprica after Galactica and Pegasus returned and freed the planet. (TRS: "Exodus, Part II")

Upon arriving at the algae planet, D'Anna Biers covertly and secretly dispatches a Heavy Raider with around fifteen Cylon Centurions onboard in order to get troops on the ground. During the ensuing Battle of the Algae Planet, D'Anna, Gaius Baltar, and a Cavil model travel to the planet in a Heavy Raider escorted by five others. This nearly causes Admiral Adama to launch nuclear missiles to destroy the Temple of Five and the Eye of Jupiter to keep the Cylons from getting it. Not wanting to risk this, the other Cylons order a Number Three to recall the Heavy Raiders, but wanting D'Anna to get to the planet, she only recalls five, betting that Adama won't fire over just one ship. She proves to be right and he backs down. The Heavy Raider transports D'Anna, Baltar and Cavil to the planet where they find the Temple and D'Anna gets a vision of the faces of the Final Five. The two Heavy Raiders that landed on the planet are destroyed when the sun goes supernova. (TRS: "The Eye of Jupiter", "Rapture")

Following the Battle of the Trinary Star System, all the Rebel Basestar has left for fighters are its Heavy Raiders and Leoben Conoy sets out in one that is heavily damaged and locates the Demetrius and offers an alliance between the Colonials and the rebel Cylons. The Heavy Raider later explodes, killing Sergeant Erin Mathias. Though Leoben is blamed, he claims no responsibility and speculates that the damage caused the Heavy Raider's reactor to go critical. (TRS: "The Road Less Traveled")

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


  • 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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External links


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