Class-5 lifeboats are found on at least UNSC prowlers. Like Pelican dropships and fellow Class-3 Bumblebees, each has a call sign, usually consisting of three letters from the Phonetic Alphabet, followed by a number.
The Class-5 has one pilot seat and an unknown amount of crash seats. The seats have harnesses to keep people from injury when crash-landing. Though they are noted as being one of the safer methods of UNSC ship evacuation, the effectiveness of the safety features on this Bumblebee vary greatly, as can their reliability. Though fast, tiny, and difficult to track, a single shot from a heavy plasma weapon will instantly destroy the craft. However, Class-5 Bumblebees are heavily armored, and resistant to small-arms plasma weapons.
They also feature thrusters and air-brakes to slow down during descent. They have little in the way of maneuverability, as they are not intended for extended atmospheric use. Normally after a landing, the pod can never be used again, as the pods will most likely suffer a great amount of damage, including the air brakes breaking off before or during the impact.
The prowler UNSC Vacuna carried at least one of these Bumblebees which was utilized by Spartan-II Gray Team to safely escape the destruction of Glyke in December, 2552 and, six years later, to flee the Unwavering Discipline before crash-landing on the planet Carrow.
Known Class-5 Bumblebees
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