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Type-26 Ground Support Aircraft (Banshee)

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The Banshee is a fast, personal aerial assault craft used by the Covenant. The Banshee resembles a medium size jet with a hood, that opens upward from the rear. It is equipped with two wings which terminate in a propulsion jet and an anti-gravity pod leaving behind a signature exhaust trail while flying. The Banshee is capable of reaching a speed of over 100 km/h, is extremely maneuverable, and able to perform highly aerobatic maneuvers. The Banshee is also capable of space flight, which is odd as it's cockpit is exposed. The vehicle garners it's name from the wailing noise it creates when in the air. It is capable of hovering. It has two weapon pods mounted to either side of the fuselage. Each of these pods contains a light plasma cannon and a Fuel Rod Cannon. The Banshee is deployed en masse to provide air cover for Covenant forces on the ground. Though small arms fire may disrupt or disable the pilot, only heavy weapons, such as the Rocket Launcher  is capable of inflicting enough damage to destroy the vehicle.  The Banshee is never seen being piloted by one of the "inferior" Covenant races,such as Jackals and Grunts. It is solely reserved for use by the Elites and Brutes.

Type-26 Ground Support Aircraft
Production information
Manufacturer

Covenant

Model

Type-26 Ground Support Aircraft

Class

Ground Support Aircraft

Technical specifications
Length

5.5 meters (18.1 feet)

Mass

2.25 tons

Maximum speed (atmosphere)

Over 100 km/h

Engine unit(s)

Boosted Gravity Propulsion Drive

Slipspace Drive

None

Shielding

None

Hull

1 Rocket

Countermeasures

Maneuvering

Armament
  • Class-2 Energy (2)
    • Twin Plasma Cannons
  • Class-2 Projectile
    • Fuel Rod Cannon
Crew
  • 1 Pilot
Passengers

None

Cargo capacity
  • 1 Pilot
Usage
Role(s)
  • Main Air
  • Fighter
  • Bomber
  • Reconnaissance
Era(s)

Human-Covenant War

Affiliation

Covenant Loyalists and Covenant Separatists