Dropships are heavy duty military freighters, capable of transporting large amounts of soldiers, mechs and other equipment long distances.
With four powerful engines and a massive hold, the Dropship is the next generation cargo plane. It has full VTOL capability and can fly into a combat zone to deploy substantial GDI forces nearly instantly. In fact, it can even ferry the dreaded Mammoth Mk. II.
A number of dropships were equipped with atmospheric entry thermal shields and significantly more powerful engines, allowing them to land on the GDSS Philadelphia. They are known to crash during Ion storms, like all other aircraft.
The Dropship was not seen in the Third Tiberium War due to being replaced by the new Ox transports.
The dropships are computer-controlled units that deliver the player's forces to the combat zone in single player missions. In custom made scenarios they can be controlled by players if allowed to, however, due to engine limitations they can only carry infantry.
In single player, dropships (like Orca Transports) can be scripted to drop off all kinds of units.
Due to a bug involving air units, much of the original code had to be re-written in one of the early TS patches. Because the dropship was not intended to be player controlled, Westwood did not fix a new bug caused by the changes. This lead to the dropship to "glitching out" and becoming uncontrollable. Due to this bug, unless you are using a old version of TS or a modified version that fixes this, it is not recommended that you make this unit available in multiplayer.