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Developed by Lodam Armory, the Type-51 IBC is an orbital insertion vehicle. Of the three drop pod types used by the Covenant remnants, including the Type-53 Squad Breaching Carapace and the Type-54 Mass Deployment Carapace, it is the smallest and is only capable of transporting a single soldier. It is an updated version of previous drop pod designs used by the Covenant. It can carry a single occupant and is similar in size compared to the previous drop pod used by the Covenant empire, but is also more elongated and sleek in design. It is used to insert a single Sangheili onto the battlefield.
- It is the Covenant parallel to the UNSC Single Occupant Exoatmospheric Insertion Vehicle and the Flood air-to-battlefield insertion growth known as the Flood dispersal pod.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide, page 121
- ↑ The UNSC classifies Covenant tech and vehicles based on the year they were first seen. Type-51 indicates that the UNSC first encountered the IBC in 2551.