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The Lockheed C-130 Hercules Drop Ship is a four-engine Transport Aircraft capable of airdropping personnel, supplies and equipment, such as vehicles and care packages, within a theater of operations. It is used alongside its attack variant, the AC-130 Spectre.
— Battlelog description
The Drop Ship is a new type of vehicle, that appears in the End Game expansion pack.
It spawns in a similar way to the Gunship on Conquest mode in the Armored Kill DLC; capturing a base in the center of the map will allow teammates to spawn on it. The Drop Ship only appears on Conquest, with the vehicle spawning infrequently as long as the appropriate base is held. Like the gunship, this aircraft can be destroyed in the air by enemy fire.
Differences from the Gunship include that the Drop Ship allows for up to four passenger seats, which players can occupy until they want to jump out of the Drop Ship or take control of the Infantry Fighting Vehicle that spawns inside the Drop Ship. Upon spawning inside the IFV, the cargo doors will open and the vehicle will parachute out. While in the air, the driver has only minimal control over the vehicle's direction, speed and rate of descent, however once the vehicle has touched down, full control is enabled instantaneously.The Drop Ship does not circle the map like the gunship, instead it flies in a straight line across the map. Once it reaches the out-of-bounds area, all the passengers automatically exit and the dropship disappears. After a few seconds, another drop ship spawns.
Another difference from the gunship is the complete lack of armament. However, the dropship is equipped with IR Flares that are automatically deployed when a missile achieves a lock (a set is reloaded every 20 seconds). Players waiting to parachute out the back cannot use their weapons.
- It is possible to get kills with the Dropship.
- The Drop Ship itself does not have a thermal signature, this makes locking laser designators on to the Drop Ship much harder.