UNSC Supply Pad
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Supply pads take the form of landing pad structures that allow D82-EST Darters to land and deposit large crates of supplies. The pads are serviced by robotic cranes, which move the supply onto a conveyor belt, wherein it is lowered into the firebase's underground assembly and storage areas. Supply Pads allow the firebase to receive a constant flow of supplies from orbiting support vessels such as UNSC Spirit of Fire. These are vital logistical ports for UNSC combat operations, and the force commander carefully weigh the cost of delaying their construction. To sustain high-tempo missions, Supply Pads can be upgraded to the Heavy Supply Pad, which accelerates Supply generation by adding a landing pad to double supply intake.
The supplies handled by the UNSC's supply pad networks cover everything from medical kits to full-sized Warthog engines, food, ammunition, spare parts, and power cells. The crew of a well run supply pad knows that a working pad means a working base.
Supply pads were heavily employed by the UNSC Spirit of Fire during its operations on Harvest, Arcadia and the Etran Harborage. They were later employed on Installation 00. While some useful assets could be salvaged and tapped on the Ark's surface, the bulk of the UNSC's supplies still had to be delivered from the Spirit of Fire. Sustaining combat operations on the Ark would be practically impossible without the use of supply pads to quickly unload cargo from dropships and the on-site direction of logisticians to efficiently redistribute the incoming matériel.
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