Black Cat-class subprowler

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Black Cat-class
Class attributes



In service:

Around 2545[1]

General characteristics




Over 50 metres (160 ft)[2][3]

Slipspace drive:

Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine[1]


Around 38 personnel[Note 1]


The Black Cat-class subprowler is a classification of small exfiltration ships used by the United Nations Space Command.[1]


Design details[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2][3] 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.[5] 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.[1] 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.[5]

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