Type-54 Banshee

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T-54 Ground Support Aircraft
Production information



Technical specifications


Nanolaminate hull plating


One pilot


In service:

Post-Covenant War conflicts


Ground support aircraft


Sangheili Storm #1: "The Banshee remains inoperative. I do not yet understand why."
Sangheili Storm #2: "Figure it out. We need every Banshee in the air."
Holly Tanaka: "See that part right there? Quarter-turn right and lock it."
Holly Tanaka assists two Swords of Sanghelios Sangheili Storm during the Battle of Nuusra.[1]

The Type-54 Ground Support Aircraft (T-54 GSA), also known as the Hesduros-pattern Banshee, more commonly known as the Banshee by UNSC forces, is a standard ground assault aircraft in service with various Covenant remnant factions. [2]


Design details[edit]

The Type-54 Ground Support Aircraft is the Hesduros-pattern variant of the Banshee combat flyer. Not restrained by the conservative San'Shyuum bureaucrats of the Covenant, the model features a design that harkens back to earlier Banshee models once used by the Sangheili on their homeworld, Sanghelios. The new model features numerous improvements, including energy shielding. Like the T-26B, the T-54 can be modified to operate in space.[3]


  • Sword Banshee: The Swords of Sanghelios T-54, referred to as the Sword Banshee, is painted crimson and has better armor compared to the standard model. The Swords of Sanghelios make use of the T-54 primarily due to losses of their old models. Most were supplied from defectors and captured supply depots.[4]
  • Banshee Ultra: The Ultra Banshee is a rare, silver-painted, valuable, heavily armored variant of the Banshee with a rapid fire, linear-trajectory fuel rod cannon that leaves behind dangerous residue upon impact, in the same manner as the Pool of Radiance, a special Type-58 fuel rod cannon.[4] Only skilled Sangheili pilots are entrusted to operate Ultra Banshees.[5]
  • Temple Banshee: "Temple Banshees" are anointed Banshees built with artistry in mind and used by the sky-chevaliers. These variants combine ancient tradition and ultra-tech advances; delicate grav impellors are wrapped in prayer strips and golden nanolaminate skins hand-carved and polished to a brilliant sheen by hopeful initiates learning secrets of the aerial hunt.[6] Masterwork Banshee with hardened armor, improved handling, and upgraded fuel rod cannon with reduced fire delay and ability to fire while boosting.[4]
  • Warzone Banshee: The Warzone Banshee is a variant of Banshee used by enemy AI in War Games simulations.

Operational history[edit]

The Type-54 GSA was put into service after the end of the Human-Covenant War, with the Covenant remnants utilizing new manufacturing facilities to manufacture the model. The Type-54 was used in multiple battles, including the Battle of Kamchatka and various battles in the Blooding Years. Around the same time T-54 Banshees became popular in War Games matches aboard the UNSC Infinity.[4]


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Changes from the Type-26 Banshee in Halo 2 Anniversary[edit]

  • The Banshee once again makes a noise similar to its Halo: Combat Evolved counterpart.
  • The Banshee can once again use the fuel rod cannon in multiplayer.
  • Like its Halo: Reach counterpart the Banshee can once again lock onto enemy aircraft with the fuel rod cannon, but not ground vehicles.
  • If the player presses the melee button it will pass to Patrol Mode.
  • The Banshee now has a light energy shield.
  • The wing joints act as the Banshee's weak points; 103 BR85N battle rifle bursts to the wing joints will destroy it.


List of appearances[edit]