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This article is about the Phantom introduced in Halo 5: Guardians. For other Phantom models, see Phantom.
The Mikpramu-pattern warrior transport, classified by humanity as the Type-57 Dropship Troop Carrier (T-57 DTC), colloquially known as the Phantom by UNSC forces, is a dropship originally in service with the Covenant and later various remnant factions.
Whereas most Phantom models produced under the Covenant's reign had to comply with San'Shyuum architectural strictures, the Type-57 Phantom sports a traditional Sangheili design. Its appearance is inspired by aquatic predators found on Sangheili colonies. The Phantom is one of several post-Covenant Sangheili-designed vehicles to bear this design philosophy, an aesthetic which the San'Shyuum found inelegant. The T-57 is easy to manufacture and maintain without access to high-tier fabrication facilities, at the sacrifice of exoatmospheric performance.
While the Type-57 Phantom saw service as early as the Battle of Earth, it was not cataloged by the UNSC until 2557. The Type-57 DTC did not see widespread service until the aftermath of the end of the Human-Covenant War due to dwindling numbers of Type-44 and Type-52 Phantoms. Various factions—most notably Jul 'Mdama's Covenant and the Swords of Sanghelios—called upon allied colonies and renovated long-abandoned manufacturing facilities to produce the dropship, along with other war matériel. The Type-57 was used in multiple battles, including the Battle of Kamchatka and various engagements in the Blooding Years. By October 2558, T-57 Phantoms were often used in Warzone simulations aboard the UNSC Infinity.
Known Type-57 Phantoms
List of appearances