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The KD-44 Knightsword is a super heavy tanker, used to refuel aircraft during operations. It is based on the the civilian E-44 Superliner. The Dropship is atmosphere and space capable, with VTOL capabilities and its own slipspace drive, intended to act as a inter-system transport. The KD-44 is used by the UNSC Navy and Air Force to provide space lift capabilities for Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force personnel and material. The Knightsword has three internally linked decks, with separate docking points. It can carry much of the same capacity as the CD-44 Auk, though often carries extra fuel tanks to facilitate refuelling missions.
The Knightsword is well protected, with numerous countermeasure launchers, mine dispensers, a shielding generator and point defence LASERs, allowing it to at least fend off moderate attacks. However, being such a large target, it is rendered vulnerable to capital ship strikes, which is why its often relegated to dropping and supply positions far to the rear.
The Knightsword is the most commonly used tanker for deep space operations in support of Navy operations. With its slipspace capabilities and large fuel reservoirs, it can provide fuel support for fighters, interdictors and support craft operating deep into enemy territory, or on long range missions. It can increase the tactical range of many aircraft, allowing longer range strikes and expanding patrol ranges.
List of air and space craft of the UNSCDF
KD-3 Petrel Tanker | KD-44 Knightsword