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Shortsword-class Bomber
Production information
Model

Shortsword Ground Based Atmospheric Bomber

Class

Atmospheric Bomber

Technical specifications
Maximum speed (Space)

N/A

Shielding

none

Armament
Usage
Role(s)

Low-altitude bomber

Era(s)

Human-Covenant War

Affiliation

United Nations Space Command

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The Shortsword-class Bomber is a UNSC atmospheric bomber used primarily for short-range, heavy payload bombing runs against enemy ground targets, especially Covenant forces. It shares a similar "sword" codename to the Longsword-class Interceptor. The bombers were in use by the UNSC by at least 2531.

Contents

Function

A Shortsword's payload is interchangeable, capable of delivering conventional ordnance, or less conventional munitions into theatres of combat, dropping them onto the target zone at low altitude and high velocity. These strikes are launched from an orbital support ship, indicating at least a rudimentary exoatmospheric capability.

Development

An early concept art image for the UNSC Airpad. Note the Falcons on the runway and one in the hangar, and a Shortsword docked with wings retracted.

At some time during the development of Halo Wars, the Shortsword was originally to be a usable unit, docked at the Airpad. In the concept art, its tail is retracted and its wings are angled up to make it more compact and allow docking.

Use

The use of the Shortsword differs depending on which faction the player uses. Professor Anders uses it in the Cryo Bomb ability, where it is a simple point-and-click power. Sergeant Forge uses it to perform Carpet Bombing runs, where the beginning of the bombing run must be selected. An arrow appears, and can be rotated around the start point, setting the angle of the bombing run, useful for hitting a number of enemies in different formations. All UNSC leaders in Halo Wars can call on a Shortsword to deliver a Disruption Bomb.

Trivia

The Shortsword in Halo Wars.
  • Macolm Thomas-Gustave was the animator who worked on the Shortsword in the Halo Wars Announcement Trailer[1].
  • It was once thought to be the Skyhawk in the Halo Wars trailer but has since been named in a desktop picture from the Official Halo Wars Website.
  • The Shortsword appears similar in appearance to the real-life B2 Stealth Bomber of the United States Air Force, with the exceptions of the large "bang" apparatus on the Shortsword and the Shortsword's "short range". Both aircraft fill a similar role, acting as bombers, although it is unknown if the Shortsword has any stealth capabilities.
  • Along with the Longsword, Cyclops and Gremlin, it is not named after an animal like other UNSC vehicles such as the Mongoose, Warthog, Scorpion, etc, though the Cyclops shares a name with a Greek mythological creature of the same name.

Sources

  1. Macolm Thomas-Gustave Halo Trailer work breakdown
Aircraft of the UNSCDF
Bombers Shortsword-class Bomber
Dropships/Cargo Transports D77-TC Pelican - D77H-TCI Pelican Dropship - Albatross - UH-144 Falcon - Pod
Ground-attack aircraft AV-14 Attack VTOL - AC-220 Vulture Gunship - Skyhawk Fighter - Sparrowhawk
Reconnaisance F-99 Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle
Starfighters C709 Longsword-class Interceptor - Open Frame 92/Extra-Vehicular Activity
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