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Chiroptera-class Stealth Vessel
Production information
Class

Chiroptera

Technical specifications
Length

50 meters (164 feet)

Slipspace Drive

Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine

Shielding

None

Navigation system

NAVCOM

Countermeasures
  • Advanced counter-electronics package
  • Ablative baffles
Usage
Year introduced

Early 2500's

Role(s)

Infiltration

Era(s)

Human-Covenant War

Affiliation
  [Source]

The Chiroptera-class Stealth Vessel was a classification of small warships used by the Office of Naval Intelligence of the United Nations Space Command in service in the early 2500's. These ships were roughly 50-meters long with oddly-angled black stealth surfaces and carried advanced counter-intrusion software. Notably, the class used the smallest operational Slipspace engines ever produced by the UNSC.

However, without a standard central controlling AI, the sensitive components tended to become unreliable. The resulting breakdowns resulted in the entire class being decommissioned in 2512. Vital components were supposedly removed, and the Slipspace drive was locked down.

At least one vessel of this class, one belonging to Governor Jiles, was in the hands of the Eridanus rebels.[1] This ship would later be stolen by Dr. Halsey and used to transport herself and Kelly-087 via Slipspace jump to Onyx, where it was shot down by the Onyx Sentinels.

The Chiroptera classification was probably the antecedent to the modern UNSC Prowler, though it probably served more as a multirole vessel, being much smaller than a Prowler.

Ships of the Line

Trivia

  • In biology, Chiroptera is the name of the taxonomic order that bats belong to. This refers to how the Chiroptera-class look like bats.
  • The Chiroptera-class ships have the smallest known slipspace drives.

References

  1. Halo: First Strike, page 275
UNSC Starship Classifications
Starfighters C709 Longsword-class Interceptor
Dropships/Cargo Transports D77-TC Pelican - D77H-TCI Pelican Dropship - Albatross - Pod - Bumblebee - Human Cargo Ship
Support Starships Calypso-class Exfiltration Craft - Black Cat-class Subprowler - Chiroptera-class Stealth Vessel - Prowler - Laden-class Freighter - Parabola-class Freighter
Light Capital Warships Mako-class Corvette - Stealth Cruiser - UNSC Light Frigate - UNSC Frigate - UNSC Destroyer
Cruisers Halcyon-class - Marathon-class
Carriers UNSC Carrier - Phoenix-class Colony Ship - UNSC Supercarrier
See Also: List of Starships
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