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Orca Dropship
TS Orca Dropship
An Orca Dropship landing near a beacon
Unit
Affiliation

GDI

Role

Transport

Protection

Heavy

Tech level

-1

Properties
Hit points

2000

Combat
Air speed

18

Sight range

3

Function
Abilities

Radar invisible

TS Orca Dropship Icons

Orca Dropships were GDI heavy duty military freighters, capable of transporting large amounts of soldiers, mechs and other equipment long distances. They were used during the Second Tiberium War and the Firestorm Crisis.

Background

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 heavy 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 after the Firestorm Crisis, as it was replaced by the new V-35 Ox transports.

In-game

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.

Bug

In patch 1.13, Orca Dropships and Orca Transports received a new locomotor which prevented them from landing on water. However, this caused them to rapidly seek a free cell to land on, and as a result they erroneously follow the nearest unit or structure and circle around uncontrollably until shot down. If they are modified to be player-controlled, they will become unresponsive after their first liftoff. This issue was fixed in HyperPatch 0.3, but this requires the Carryall entry in rules.ini to be set to no. In most campaign missions, the scripting avoids this issue, but one Dropship that is supposed to land in an outpost in front of the dam in the Destroy Vega's Dam mission suffers from this issue.

Unused loadout mechanic

Tsbox The following is based on content cut from Tiberian Sun and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

The Tiberian Sun GDI campaign was to feature a mechanic where the player could choose the starting units that would be delivered by Dropships. They were to dock at a unique structure called the Dropship bay, which was scrapped during development.

There is some residual code and art that can be applied to restore this mechanic, and an example of this is available at the XCC downloads page, where it is applied to the first GDI mission. Without additional code, however, the cursor in this menu can be invisible and the menu does not have a visible closure option.

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CNCR Orca Ren ORCA Aircraft CNCTW Orca Gunship Cameo
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