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The drop pod was a GDI method of deploying veteran infantry from orbit. This allowed troops to be deployed globally to reinforce armies in the field.

History

Second Tiberium War

Drop Pod
TS Drop Pods
Drop pods approaching Phoenix Base
Unit
Affiliation

GDI

Role

Atmospheric entry vehicle

Armament

Vulcan cannon

Properties
Hit points

60

Armour type

Light

Transport slots

1 infantry unit

Production
Cost

$10

Requires

Drop pod control plug (FS)

Combat
Ground attack

50

Air speed

75

Attack range

6

Sight range

0

TS Drop Pod Icons

The first generation of drop pods entered service prior to the Second Tiberium War. Pods were launched from GDI's orbital command station, GDSS Philadelphia. Initially, deployment was controlled by strategic command. By the Firestorm Crisis, field commanders could request and direct deployments via a purpose-built uplink attached to upgrade centers.

Each pod carried one infantryman and resembled a cockpit. Once inside the atmosphere, dorsal and ventral air brakes deployed revealing the cockpit canopy. Side wings provided some means of control. A forward vulcan cannon helped clear the landing area prior to touchdown.

Drop pods were first seen reinforcing the GDI Phoenix Base which was under attack from Nod cyborgs.

Third Tiberium War

Drop Pod
DropPod CC3 Game1
Unit
Affiliation

GDI

Role

Atmospheric entry vehicle

Properties
Transport slots
Production
Cost

4500

Requires

Space command uplink

CNCTW Drop Pod Cameo
CNCTW Zone Trooper Drops Cameo
CNCKW Zone Raider Drop Pod Cameo

The drop pod concept proved useful and was further expanded and refined. A new design entered service prior to the Third Tiberium War. The new pod was a larger blunt body delivering multiple infantry squads, typically zone troopers or zone raiders. Upon landing, the three egress hatches blew off to allow rapid exit.

In Tiberium Wars and Kane's Wrath, drop pods are a support power unlocked by building a space command uplink. Three veteran zone trooper/raider squads are deployed by a single drop pod. It costs 4500 credits. The Steel Talons did not have access to this support power.

These pods could be destroyed, meaning if the troops are still inside the vehicle, they will be lost.

Ascension Conflict

Drop pods were common equipment of GDI and were frequently used to deploy units and reinforcements into the battlefield by the time of the Ascension Conflict. The third generation had three major differences to its predecessors:

  • They are larger even than the second generation, capable of loading one super-heavy unit like Crawler or several medium units like Sandstorms inside.
  • Unlike earlier disposable models, this generation could return to orbit after its cargo was delivered.
  • Although no armaments were installed, they were not harmless. Landing in incredibly high velocity made any measures of interception impossible, and the pods were designed to crush any objects in their path.
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