The Type-44 Troop Carrier, also known as the Phantom, is an earlier ship in the same family as the Type-52 Phantom. It saw more extensive use at the hands of the Covenant Remnant after 2553 than it did prior. This is presumably because of the ubiquity of the Spirit before 2552.
Differing little from its successor, the Type-52 Phantom, the Type-44 serves as the equivalent to the Pelican dropships used by the UNSC in terms of both function and performance, serving as a troop transport and as a supporting gunship.
Like the Type-52 Phantom, the Type-44 Phantom is armed with a single chin-mounted Heavy plasma cannon with two plasma cannons. In addition to carrying multiple infantry, the Type-44 Phantom is also capable of carrying up to two Ghosts or one Wraith tank, just like the Type-52 Phantom.