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The Atlesian Dropship was an aerial vehicle operated by the Atlas Military in RWBY.


These aircraft made their first appearance in the episode "Welcome to Beacon", serving as escorts for the Atlesian airships that James Ironwood brought to Vale. These dropships made a more prominent appearance in "Breach", aiding the Huntsmen of Beacon in their battle against the Grimm incursion.

In "Battle of Beacon", during the second Grimm invasion of Vale, Ironwood pilots a dropship in order to board and retake the airship that was commandeered by Roman Torchwick. However, the onboard Atlesian Knight-200 androids are infected by a computer virus that Torchwick has introduced into the system and thus turn on him. As a result, Ironwood's aircraft spirals out of control and crashes.

The dropship makes no more appearances after the fall of Beacon, likely being replaced by the Manta.


The Atlesian dropship was a light transport aircraft, complementing the much larger Atlesian airship. Typically flown in groups of three, its primary role is transporting troops into hot battle zones; it's also capable of performing a limited close air support role with its chin-mounted Gatling cannons. In this capacity, it was comparable to the armed variant of the Bullhead.

The dropship had an angular appearance and consists of a frontal cockpit section and a rear transport section. The aircraft's engines appear to be mounted on articulated nacelles at the ends of each wing. The passenger cabin was capable of carrying at least ten AK-200 androids, with a single aft door/ramp allowing its complement to quickly disembark. In the episode "Breach", dropships were seen deploying roughly ten androids per ship by means of free-fall airdrop.