Type-27 Banshee

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This article is about the space fighter variant. For the ground support variant, see Type-26 Banshee.
Type-27 Exoatmospheric Multirole Fighter
Type-27 XMF.png
Production information

Manufacturer:

Assembly Forges[1]

Role:

Space/atmospheric fighter

Technical specifications

Length:

10.9 metres (36 ft)[1]

Width:

8.6 metres (28 ft)[1]

Height:

3.5 metres (11 ft)[2]

Engine(s):

Impulse drive

Armament:

Crew:

Pilot (1)[1]

Chronological and affiliation

Era:

Human-Covenant War
Post-Covenant War conflicts

Affiliation:

Covenant
Vata 'Gajat's mercenary group

 

The Type-27 Exoatmospheric Multirole Fighter,[4] informally known as the Space Banshee,[5] the Banshee Fighter,[6] and the Banshee Interceptor,[5] is the Covenant standard space interceptor support craft of the defunct Covenant fleet.[5] It is a vacuum-sealed variant of the Type-26 Banshee ground support aircraft that is designed exclusively for exoatmospheric operations,[7][6] though it is capable of operating in-atmosphere.[8]

Specifications[edit]

Design details[edit]

The Type-27 XMF is similar in appearance and design to the Type-26 Banshee ground support aircraft, although it boasts several unique features. The Type-27 XMF's canards are swept forward, with the impulse engine placement making the craft more maneuverable in zero-G space. The craft sports two heavy plasma cannons, which are elongated in comparison with those of the Type-26's standard model, providing greatly increased range and firepower. A fuel rod cannon is mounted at the front of the fuselage.[3] The craft features an extended tail stabilizer, which helps dampen turbulence during transitions in and out of atmosphere while docking. Unlike the standard Banshee model, the Type-27 XMF sports an enclosed vacuum-sealed cockpit.[6] These craft can be mounted on the hangar bay walls of Covenant warships[9] and on the undersides of vessels' hulls.[7]

The Type-27 XMF is effective against stationary weapon emplacement and EVA-equipped infantry, as well as in reconnaissance pickets. However, the craft is most effective when used in high-volume deployments. Deployment in great numbers can allow the Type-27 XMF to overwhelm heavier fighters such as the GA-TL1 Longsword interceptor, as well as escort ships, such as cruisers and frigates. Though the Seraph is used as the Covenant's primary fighter in single ship combat, the Type-27 Banshee provides invaluable screens and support, tipping many battles in the Covenant's favor.[6]

Operational history[edit]

The Type-27 XMF was first observed by United Nations Space Command personnel in 2527.[6] Numerous Type-27 XMFs assisted the Covenant in attacking the UNSC Epsilon Eridani Fleet and orbital stations over Reach during the invasion, particularly during Operation: UPPER CUT. During this engagement, numerous squadrons of Type-27 XMFs were used in conjunction with many of the Covenant's more powerful Type-31 Seraph to attack the UNSC refit station Anchor 9 and later to defend the corvette Ardent Prayer from UNSC boarders.[7]

By 2558 numerous Type-27 Banshees were fielded by Vata 'Gajat's mercenary group during the Battle of Ealen IV.[8]

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List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 19
  2. 3D Reach Model Data
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Halo: Reach manual
  4. Halo Waypoint: The Universe - Tech
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Halo: Reach, game stats
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Halo Waypoint: Banshee Fighter (defunct, backup on Archive.org)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Halo: Reach, campaign level, Long Night of Solace
  8. 8.0 8.1 Halo: Escalation #2
  9. Halo: Reach, Firefight map, Corvette