Drop Pods are atmospheric assault transports that are primarily used by the Alliance of Nations, Imperialist Alliance and Coaliton of Independent States counterparts for orbital insertion and planetary assaults where achieving tactical surprise is often an important factor. Drop Pods, along with Thunderhawks, Thunderhawk Transporters, Storm Eagles, Storm Ravens, Caestus Assault Rams and Teleporters make up the majority of a Space Marine Chapter's means to deploy their forces to the surface of a planet quickly. Drop Pods resemble the standard Imperial Life Pod that is used to evacuate the crews of severely damaged starships. These craft are used as a one-way, environmentally sealed armoured landing craft to insert forces right into the heart of a battle or deep behind enemy lines.

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