Black Cat-class subprowler

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Black Cat-class subprowler
Production information




Troop exfiltration, reconnaissance[1]

Technical specifications


Over 50 metres (160 ft)[1]

Slipspace drive:

Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine[2]

Chronological and affiliation


Human-Covenant War




The Black Cat-class subprowler is a classification of small exfiltration ships used by the United Nations Space Command.[3]


Designated as "subprowlers," they have extremely limited capabilities and are used mostly as exfiltration craft to escape combat situations with stealth and ease. The Black Cat-class subprowlers have slipspace capacitor of limited use; the capacitor has enough charge for about four hours. Once the capacitor exceeded this duration, the vessel would not be able to enter slipspace.[2]

Black Cats are routinely used on high-risk operations so that UNSC Special Forces can retreat quickly and easily, as well as reconnaissance, and troop infiltration and exfiltration missions.[1] Each subprowler can hold approximately thirty-eight Spartan-III supersoldiers.[note 1]

Operational history[edit]

Black Cat-class subprowlers were in service with the UNSC Navy in the early 26th century.[4] Eight such craft were inserted for the Spartan-IIIs during Operation: TORPEDO in 2545, but only one was used as only two Spartans, Lucy-B091 and Tom-B292, survived the engagement.[5] After the Human-Covenant War, the Office of Naval Intelligence designed the Winter-class prowler with the Black Cat-class subprowler's form and functionality in mind.[4]

List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ 300 Spartans / 8 subprowlers = 37.5 (or 38) Spartans per subprowler


  1. ^ a b c d Halo Encyclopedia, page 248; page 258 (2011)
  2. ^ a b Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 27
  3. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 86
  4. ^ a b Halo Waypoint: ONI Acrisius
  5. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 15