A Mandalorian renaissance design, the Crusader-class corvette sought to provide an innovative answer to fighter defence and system patrol. The schematics show a functional yet ugly ship that seems to take perverse pride is displaying blocky sections and exposed engine connections, in essence a typical Mandalorian design. The ship also has countless backup systems to enable the crew to keep fighting even with the loss of main power.
Designed at some point just prior to the downfall of the True Mandalorians at the Battle of Galidraan, the Crusader was designed to protect and defend the territory of the True Mandalorians and provide a technological advantage against the Death Watch. The Crusader was designed with fighter and freighter defence in mind and in true Mandalorian fashion, the resulting corvette was heavily armed, though exclusively with anti-fighter weaponry. At the final revision prior to production, the engineering team added a docking bay capable of housing a squadron of starfighters. While the cost escalated considerably, the engineers justified it by indicating the additional firepower and the potential benefits of fighters in capture operations, especially given the lack of tractor beams.
The starship was nonetheless impressive, as it delivered a fast ship and carried five full squads of infantry despite dedicating most of the ship to weaponry and the docking bay. Its incredible sensor technology made it extremely effective in hunting down its prey and, as usual, the Mandalorians designed an extra thick hull. Even today, the Crusader-class is more than a match for most gunships and corvettes. Only the biggest warships or retrofitted models with a docking bay and subsequent starfighters should stand any chance of defeating the Crusader.
However, with the defeat at Galidraan the schematics for the Crusader were lost in the annals of time. No-one knows where they were produced or for how long, though sales of the Crusader seem to somehow have funded the development of Mandalore for many years, despite no visible leadership structure.