Those of you who haven't purchased the new Blood Angels Codex might want to think about it: it's a good read, making the Blood Angels really come alive for me as a chapter far more than they ever have before. They're now probably the most "40k" chapter, IMHO, with some fantastic miniatures, a nicely unified theme and some solid and internally consistent background.
But what interested me is the reference to a new, lighter type of drop-shuttle, the Stormraven Gunship. This is described as smaller than a Thunderhawk, and recently discovered, at the start of the 41st Millenium. The Blood Angels and Grey Knights use it...so it seems to me obvious that the Deathwatch would probably use it too, as it delivers squad sized units to battle, rather than multiple squads, like the Thunderhawk, or vehicles, like the Thunderhawk Transporter.
It carries (from memory, I don't have the codex in front of me) 12 marines AND one dreadnought. It's armed with missile racks (four missiles, I think) and two twin-linked weapons. I think the basic weapons were twin linked assault cannons and heavy bolters, but these can be upgraded to lascannons or heavy plasma guns.
There have been rumours on Bell of Lost Souls for a long time about a plastic SM gunship in the works. Everyone assumed that it was going to be a Thunderhawk, but this entry in the Blood Angels Codex suggests that in fact it'll be this new, lighter, Stormraven. I think it's all very exciting!
I wonder if non-Space Marine armies utilise the Stormraven? If it's a cheaper and lighter version of the Thunderhawk, it would make a great Inquisitorial drop-ship, or personal shuttle for a Rogue Trader...