Chiroptera-class stealth vessel

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Chiroptera-class stealth vessel
Production information

Role:

Infiltration

Technical specifications

Length:

Over 50 metres (160 ft)[1]

Slipspace drive:

Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine

Countermeasures:

  • Advanced counter-electronics package
  • Ablative baffles
Chronological and affiliation

Era:

Human-Covenant War

Affiliation:

United Nations Space Command, ONI

 

The Chiroptera-class stealth vessel was a classification of small stealth ships used by the Office of Naval Intelligence of the United Nations Space Command in service in the early 2500's.[2]

Background

These ships were roughly 50 meters long with oddly-angled black stealth surfaces and carried advanced counter-intrusion software. Notably, the class used the smallest operational slipspace engines ever produced by the UNSC. They are described as having prominent wings that give it a decidedly bat-like appearance.[2]

However, without a standard central controlling AI, the sensitive components tended to become unreliable. The resulting breakdowns resulted in the entire class being decommissioned around 2512. Vital components were removed, and the slipspace drive was locked down.[2]

At least one vessel of this class, belonging to Governor Jacob Jiles, was in the hands of the Eridanus rebels.[3] This ship, the Beatrice, would later be stolen by Dr. Halsey and used to transport herself and Kelly-087 via Slipspace jump to Onyx, where it was shot down by the Onyx Sentinels.[4]

The Chiroptera classification was probably the antecedent to the modern UNSC prowler, though it probably served more as a multi-role vessel, being much smaller than a prowler.

Ships of the line

Trivia

  • In biology, Chiroptera is the name of the taxonomic order that bats belong to. This refers to how the Chiroptera-class look like bats.

List of appearances

Sources

  1. ^ Halo Encyclopedia, page 249
  2. ^ a b c Halo: First Strike, page 254
  3. ^ Halo: First Strike, page 275
  4. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, Chapter 18