|Orca VTOL Transport|
The craft is equipped with four turboshaft engines, giving it great stability. It's cargo hold can be used to transport personnel and light ordnance rapidly across great distances. The light construction of the vehicle and its lack of armor make it vulnerable to any kind of anti-aircraft weaponry, however.
GDI uses these aircraft for the purpose of evacuating infantry from combat zones or combat rescues of civilians. Vulnerabilities limit them to operations where enemy air defenses had been neutralized.
At the beginning of the Second Tiberium War when a Nod base behind the attack on GDI's Phoenix Base was targeted for destruction, two Orca Transports flying ahead of the GDI's attack force to evacuate civilians in the area were each destroyed by a single hit from Nod SAM batteries.
The Orca Transports appear in various single player missions of Tiberian Sun, as computer-controlled units used to evacuate civilians and personnel. It is impossible to control them in single player, but they can be put in custom made scenarios. In this case, one way to acquire them is to use a Hijacker to gain control over one of them, or use editor scripts to give the aircraft to a player automatically.
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 Orca transport was not intended to be player controlled, Westwood did not fix a new bug caused by the changes. This lead to the Orca transport to start "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.
- The Orca Transport was originally available to be built by GDI for a cost of 1200 Credits and could carry up to 5 infantry units.
- The Orca Transports Sidebar icon appears in many Beta Tiberian Sun screen shots. It is possible it was cut due to balance issues or that it was cut in-favour of Amphibious APCs and/Or the Orca Carryall.