Cruzadore III

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VEPRES 133 Cruzadore III
A Cruzadore III in Tuxtla Martínez, May 2012.
A Cruzadore III in Tuxtla Martínez, May 2012.
TypeMain battle tank
Place of origin Creeperopolis
Service history
In service1998–present
Used by
WarsCreeperian Conflicts Desert War
CODECO intervention in Sequoyah
Dubătemir Regional Insurgency
OU intervention in Ajakanistan
Production history
DesignerVenancio López Requena
ManufacturerZaldívar Vehicle Company
Unit cost₡95,046,000 colóns[note 1]
No. built2,080
Variants133/1, 133/2
Mass69.4 tons
Length25.7 pi (25.3 ft, 7.7 m)
Width13.2 pi (12.1 ft, 3.7 m)
Height10.7 pi (9.8 ft, 3.0 m)

ArmorComposite armor
120 mm FEA-133 gun
EngineRR133 12-cylinder diesel
1,500 PS (1,500 hp) at 2,600 rpm
Power/weight23.8 PS/t (17.5 kW/t)
TransmissionZEV C133
SuspensionTorsion bar
Fuel capacity280 gallons
360 ml (310 mi, 500 km)
Speed60 mch (50 mph, 80 kmh)

The Cruzadore III (Creeperian: Ծրփզադորե ԻԻԻ, literally translated as the "Crusader III"), officially designated as the VEPRES 133 Cruzadore III (ՎԵՊՐԵՍ 133 Ծրփզադորե ԻԻԻ),[note 2] is a Creeperian-manufactured main battle tank. The tank has been produced by the Zaldívar Vehicle Company (ZEV) since 1998. It was designed by Field Marshal Venancio López Requena during the 1990s to replace the aging Cruzadore II main battle tank which had been in service since 1952.

Two variants of the Cruzadore III have been manufactured: the 133/1, 133/2, and 133/E. The 133/1 and 133/2 variants are only distinguished by the type of machine guns which are equipped on the tank. The 133/1 is armed with two Figueroa-33 7.62 mm medium machine guns while the 133/2 is armed with two Figueroa-35 7.62 mm medium machine guns. It has a crew of four, including a commander, a gunner, a loader, and a driver; the commander and the driver operate the tank's two machine guns.

As of 2023, a total of 2,080 Cruzadore III main battle tanks have been produced. It is currently operated by the Creeperian Army and by the armies of six foreign nations: El Salvador, Gjorka, New Gandor, Noundures, Pavulturilor, and Rakhman.


In the 1990s, the Creeperian Army had been using the Cruzadore II main battle tank since 1952. Many soldiers and junior military officers considered the tank to be too antiquated, especially as the technology dated back to the Creeperian Civil War era (1933–1949) and no new Cruzadore II tanks had been produced since 1978, and made requests to more senior military officers to look into a suitable replacement for the Cruzadore II. In February 1992, Field Marshal Venancio López Requena, who commanded the I Army Corps, officially placed an order to the Zaldívar Vehicle Company (ZEV) to develop a new tank for the Creeperian Army.


Nation Operator In service 133/1 133/2 Total
 Creeperopolis  Creeperian Army 1998–present 522 798 1,320
 El Salvador  Salvadoran Army 2005–present 4 5 19
 Gjorka  Gjorkan Ground Forces 2008–present 20 20
 New Gandor  New Gandorian Army 2004–present 10 10 20
 Noundures  Free Noundurian Army 2023–present 1 1
 Pavulturilor  Pavulturilori Army 2016–present 340 340
 Rakhman  Rakhmani Army 2006–present 120 150 270
Total 1,117 963 2,080


General characteristics

  • Crew: 4 (commander, gunner, loader, driver)
  • Engine: RR133 12-cylinder twin-turbocharged diesel engine
  • Displacement: Bore × stroke: 170 × 175 mm, 47,666 cm3 displacement
  • Fuel capacity: 280 gal (1273 l)
  • Transmission: Hydro-mechanical control, reversing and steering gear ZEV C133 with combined hydrodynamic-mechanical service brake, 4 forward, 2 reverse
  • Suspension system: Torsion bar spring mounted support roller drive with hydraulic dampers


  • Length (turret forward): 25.7 pi (25.3 ft, 7.7 m)
  • Width: 13.2 pi (12.1 ft, 3.7 m)
  • Height: 10.7 pi (9.8 ft, 3.0 m)
  • Ground clearance: 2.0 pi (1.8 ft, 0.54 m)
  • Wading depth without preparation: 4.3 pi (3.9 ft, 1.2 m)
  • Wading depth with snorkel: 14.3 pi (13.1 ft, 4 m)
  • Trench passability: 10.7 pi (9.8 ft, 3 m)
  • Climbing ability: 3.9 pi (3.6 ft, 1.1 m)
  • Empty weight: 60.2 tons
  • Combat weight: 69.4 tons
  • Turret weight: 16 tons


  • Maximum speed: 60 mch (50 mph, 80 kmh)
  • Operating range:
Road: 360 ml (310 mi, 500 km)
Terrain: 240 ml (210 mi, 340 km)
Average: 300 ml (260 mi, 420 km)
  • Power output: 1,500 PS (1,500 hp; 1,103 kW), rpm: 2,600/min
  • Torque output: 4,700 Nm (3,466 lb·ft), rpm: 1,600–1,700/min
  • Rotation time (360°): 10 seconds
  • Turret rotation time (360°): 9 seconds


133/1: 2 × Figueroa 7.62 mm medium machine gun FEA-33s
133/2 2 × Figueroa 7.62 mm medium machine gun FEA-35s

See also


  1. Approximately ₵11,880,750 credits.
  2. Creeperian pronunciation: [βeˈpres ˈ ˈtrein.ta-i tres cru.zaˈðo.ɾe tres].