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Description[edit | edit source]

The Crusader was initially designed as a close combat BattleMech for the Star League Defense Force, but soon proved itself to be a very adaptable, multi-role design. This reliable workhorse of the SLDF, while not excelling in any one job, was capable of accomplishing just about any mission, whether it be close assault, anti-aircraft, counter-insurgency, or even reconnaissance. Its versatility and large number of manufactures ensured the Crusader its place as one of the most common heavy 'Mechs in the Inner Sphere.

The Crusader received its baptism of fire during the Reunification War and remained a common fixture in the regiments of the SLDF for many centuries. Even after the fall of the Star League, the various Successor States continued to field large numbers of Crusaders in their armies, thanks to factories located on Tharkad, Oliver, Asuncion and Bernardo. House Steiner in particular was a notable Crusader use, thanks in part to their well-trained technicians who could have damaged units turned around and ready to fight in a single day. A variety of new production variants and field modification kits were turned out for the Crusader after the recovery of the Helm Memory Core, just in time for the Clan Invasion.

In the wake of the Clan Invasion, one of the first new Crusader variants was built by the Cosby BattleMech Research Firm, the (in)famous producer of the No-Dachi 'Mech. Hoping to overcome the lack of prestige of their previous design and win the favor of the Coordinator, the company acquired manufacturing rights to the Crusader through the hostile takeover of another company and unveiled an updated variant of the 'Mech around the start of the FedCom Civil War. Additional variants would continue to be produced in the years since, including models utilized by the Word of Blake during the Jihad.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Name Signature FACTIONS (3039+) Weight Class Hardpoints
CRD-6M 65 HEAVY 0B 2E 8M 1S 6JJ
CRD-3RP 65 HEAVY 4B 6E 8M 3S 6JJ
CRD-4D 65 HEAVY 4B 6E 8M 3S 6JJ
CRD-1R 65 HEAVY 4B 6E 8M 3S 6JJ
CRD-2R 65 HEAVY 4B 6E 8M 3S 6JJ
CRD-3R 65 HEAVY 4B 6E 8M 3S 6JJ
CRD-5K 65 HEAVY 4B 6E 8M 3S 6JJ