Alliance Crusader
ManufacturerLakon Spaceways
Years Produced3304-Present
Cost25,367,279 CR
Insurance1,268,363 CR
Faction RankNone
ExpansionElite Dangerous: Horizons
Default Specifications
Landing Pad SizeMedium
Pilot Seats3
Fighter HangarYes
Hull Mass500 t
Mass Lock Factor13
Armour Hardness65
Shields126 MJ
Top Speed183 m/s
Boost Speed305 m/s
Unladen Jump Range8.21 ly
Cargo Capacity40 t
Fuel Capacity16 t
Hardpoints4x Utility Mounts
3x Small Hardpoints
2x Medium Hardpoints
1x Large Hardpoint
Internals2x Size 2 Compartments
2x Size 3 Compartments
1x Size 5 Compartment
1x Size 6 Compartment
3x Size 4 Military Compartment
Maximum Non-Engineered Specs
Top Speed209 m/s
Boost Speed348 m/s
Unladen Jump Range21.76 ly
Cargo Capacity120 t

A modified version of the Alliance Chieftain, the Alliance Crusader's main point of distinction is its fighter bay. The Crusader also offers three internal military compartments and space for up to two crew members, making it ideally suited to combat situations.

— In-Game Description

The Alliance Crusader is a ship manufactured by Lakon Spaceways for the Alliance. It represents a middle-ground between the Alliance Chieftain and the Alliance Challenger,[1] combining heavy firepower with a Fighter Hangar for Ship-Launched Fighters and two additional pilot seats to accommodate Multicrew.[2] While the inclusion of the Fighter Hangar has resulted in a noticeable decrease in overall speed and manoeuvrability, Lakon is confident that the Crusader can hold its own in any combat situation, especially against the Thargoids.[3]

Overview Edit

The third ship in the Alliance faction ship series and the second variant of the Alliance Chieftain, the Alliance Crusader's primary advantage over the other two Alliance ships is its ability to equip a Fighter Hangar for Ship-Launched Fighters, a feature that both the Chieftain and the Alliance Challenger lack. Consequently, it also boasts an additional pilot seat for Multicrew, giving it a total of three seats versus the two of its companion ships.

The Alliance Crusader possesses an almost identical Hardpoint layout to the Alliance Chieftain, but trades one Class 3 Hardpoint for one Class 2 Hardpoint, making it comparable to a Federal Assault Ship in terms of base firepower. Its increased mass also drags its manoeuvrability and speed down, significantly hindering its capability as a pure combat vessel compared to the more agile Chieftain and Challenger. Fortunately, the Crusader can compensate for its reduced Hardpoints and agility with Ship-Launched Fighters, resulting in it being a potentially stronger option for combat than it would appear to be at first glance, if a player is utilising a fighter bay.

The Crusader retains the three Military Compartments found in both of its predecessors, but trades the Chieftain's single Class 4 Internal Compartment for two Class 3 slots. This alteration provides slightly more flexibility in terms of module selection, but results in the same maximum cargo capacity as the Chieftain: 120t.

The jump range of the Crusader is even lower than that of the Challenger, and is one of the lowest in the game, which will be even lower with a fighter bay. The makes the Crusader an awful option for exploration.

Overall the Crusader lacks in many departments both the Chieftain and Challenger excel in, including both mobility and multipurpose. The Crusader only truly has one advantage over its brethren; its fighter bay. Therefore the Crusader is a decent option for commanders who make good use of SLFs, but is otherwise outdone by both Chieftain and Challenger.

The Alliance Crusader is most commonly available in Alliance systems. Despite its name and affiliation, it requires no rank or reputation with the Alliance to purchase.

Purchase Locations Edit

System Station Date Seen Discount
Shinrarta Dezhra Jameson Memorial Always available 10% discount
Brestla i Sola Prospect Always available 20% surcharge
Ross 490 Dunyach Enterprise Aug. 28, 2018
Huokang Steiner City Aug. 28, 2018
Bragurom Du Pellegrino STation Aug. 28, 2018
Rahu Acharya Station Aug. 28, 2018
LHS 2771 Sarafanov Vision Aug. 28, 2018
Wolf 406 Hamilton Gateway Aug. 28, 2018
Lagrange Gateway Ringardha Aug. 28, 2018


Main article: Outfitting

All ships are highly customisable through the Outfitting menu of Station Services. Listed below is the default load-out for the Alliance Crusader.

Category Default System Default Rating Default Class Max Class
Small Hardpoint Empty -- -- 1
Empty -- -- 1
Empty -- -- 1
Medium Hardpoint Pulse Laser (L) F 1 2
Pulse Laser (L) F 1 2
Large Hardpoint Empty -- -- 3
Utility Mount Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Bulkheads Lightweight Alloys C 1 8
Reactor Bay Power Plant E 6 6
Thrusters Mounting Thrusters E 6 6
Frame Shift Drive Housing Frame Shift Drive E 5 5
Environment Control Life Support E 5 5
Power Coupling Power Distributor E 6 6
Sensor Suite Sensors E 4 4
Fuel Store Fuel Tank [x16] C 4 4
Internal Compartments Cargo Rack [x32] E 5 6
Shield Generator E 5 5
Empty (M) -- -- 4
Empty (M) -- -- 4
Empty (M) -- -- 4
Cargo Rack [x4] E 2 3
Cargo Rack [x4] E 2 3
Empty -- -- 2
Empty -- -- 2
Planetary Approach Suite (H) I 1 1

Notes Edit

  • The Alliance Crusader was released with the Chapter Three (3.2) update of Elite Dangerous: Beyond on August 28, 2018.
  • The Alliance Crusader's name was accidentally first revealed on the Frontier Store shortly after the release of the 3.1 update. It was promptly removed, leading many to believe that "Alliance Crusader" was an old internal name for the Alliance Challenger rather than a new ship.[4]
  • When deployed, the cover for the top mounted hardpoint will clip through the ship.

Trivia Edit

  • Like the Alliance Chieftain and Alliance Challenger, the Alliance Crusader is named after a British tank, in this case the A15 Crusader.
  • Visually the Crusader can be extremely difficult to distinguish from the Chieftain, as its only visual differences are its back wing and paint scheme.
  • The Crusader is the only Alliance ship to not have a white paint scheme, instead being a dark blue

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. Frontier Forums: Beyond - Chapter Three Launch Announcement
  2. r/EliteDangerous: Leaked presentation footage from Frontier's Gamescom Community Meet
  3. GalNet: Lakon Releases Alliance Crusader
  4. Frontier Forums: Krait Phantom and Alliance Crusader