Kalu'teh-pattern Breaching Carapace

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Kalu'teh-pattern Breaching Carapace
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Production information


Lodam Armory[1][2]

Product line:

Individual Breaching Carapace

Technical specifications


3.5 meters (11.4 ft)[2]


3.5 meters (11.5 ft)[2]


5.9 meters (19.4 ft)[2]


0.5 metric tons (0.49 LT; 0.55 ST)[2]


One operator[1]


Year introduced:


In service:

Post-Covenant War conflicts[1]


Troop deployment


Jul 'Mdama's Covenant[1]


The Kalu'teh-pattern Breaching Carapace (UNSC Type classification: Type-55 Individual Breaching Carapace, T-55 IBC) is a Covenant drop pod manufactured by Lodam Armory.[2] First observed in 2554, the Type-55 IBC was not formally documented by the United Nations Space Command until 2555.[1]

Design details[edit]

Type-55 Individual Breaching Carapaces are deployed via firing from a capital ship or localized deployment, typically from an orbital or suborbital position. The drop pods are launched toward the surface of a world as a means to circumvent enemy movement or sever supply lines, and breach the atmosphere—if necessary—and close in on the target area before forward thrusters are activated, braking the craft just before impact. The effect is often disorienting for hostiles, allowing drop pods to violently strike the target landing zone, immediately ejecting troops before the opposition can recover from the event.[1]

The Type-55 Individual Breaching Carapace bears only a slight resemblance to the sleek drop pods used by the Covenant, such as the Gloto-pattern Breaching Carapace. Manufactured by Lodam Armory, the Type-55 IBC is emblematic of the classic Sangheili design. Aerodynamically streamlined for speed and maneuverability, the Type-55 IBC has seen frequent use in the civil war between Sangheili clans, primarily due to the war's wildly territorial nature. Manufacturing cost and deployment methodology, however, has restricted single-personnel drop pods to Sangheili warriors alone.[1]

List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Halo Waypoint, Covenant Drop Pods (Retrieved on Oct 27, 2021) [archive]
  2. ^ a b c d e f Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 284