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F-29 Nandao

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F-29 Strike Fighter/Interceptor
Artwork of the F-29 Nandao for the Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition)
Production information

Manufacturer:

Chalybs Defense Solutions[1]

Class:

Space fighter

Length:

34.4 meters (112.8 ft)[1]

Width:

20.2 meters (66.2 ft)[1]

Height:

5.7 meters (18.6 ft)[1]

Mass:

52.9 tons (48 tonnes)[1]

Armament:

Crew:

Chronological and affiliation

Era:

Human-Covenant War

Affiliation:

UNSC

 

The F-29 Strike Fighter/ Interceptor, commonly known as the Nandao, is an atmospheric/exoatmospheric (A/X) space fighter classification employed by the United Nations Space Command.[1][2]

Design details[edit]

The Nandaos are described as having a "dart shape"[3], and are considered powerful enough that an understaffed Covenant frigate would avoid having to face a squadron of them.[4] The craft are capable of flying at Mach 12[4] and are optimised for swift, aggressive attack runs.[1]

The Mariner helmet is optimised for the flight systems of the Nandao, alongside those of the Baselard and Sabre.[5]

Operational history[edit]

The F-29 Nandao emerged in the early years of the Human-Covenant War as the UNSC's premiere A/X strikecraft, and was often deployed in large numbers and at extraordinary speeds to overwhelm and neutralise Covenant forces before they could organise an effective response.[1]

The Nandao was in service by 2526, with ten squadrons serving as a part of Task Force Pantea.[2] One squadron of Nandaos that was in service around this time was Echo One.[4]

A squadron of Nandaos was also in service as part of the complement of UNSC Spirit of Fire, and was in use by the time of the ship's participation in a conflict against the Banished on Installation 00, in 2559. The Nandaos were employed as escorts for wings of Shortsword bombers. By this time, the Nandao was considered outdated.[6] Nonetheless, its success against Covenant strikecraft ensures it is still one of the UNSC's primary interceptor solutions.[1]

Trivia[edit]

A Nandao is a type of Chinese sword.

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 159
  2. ^ a b Halo: Oblivion, chapter 12
  3. ^ Halo: Oblivion, chapter 21
  4. ^ a b c Halo: Oblivion, chapter 17
  5. ^ Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Mariner helmet description
  6. ^ Halo: Divine Wind, chapter 2