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- "Hard to convince yourself the Covenant can be beaten, when you know they have war machines like that out there."
- ―UNSC Marine during the Harvest Campaign.
The Dragon, officially designated the Type-52 Ultra Heavy Assault Barge, was a Covenant ground assault aircraft and variant of the Type-26 Aerial Artillery Platform used during the . An imposing floating dreadnought powered by Covenant anti-gravity technology, the Dragon combined resilient energy shielding normally seen only on heavily fortified structures with the devastating firepower of a 's focus cannon. Fortunately, it was an extremely rare vehicle, only seen a few times during the war, and thought to be a unique design used by a high-ranking leader of the Covenant military.
As the Covenant war machine began production for its war with humanity, the Chimera, which was just going into the production phase. Several inches of armor were sacrificed in some areas to allow room for a shield generator, along with an advanced fusion reactor to supply the required energy. Having seen the unexpected combat effectiveness of the Scarab mining platform in the ongoing battle for , the decision was made to incorporate a focus cannon as the vehicle's main armament. With the designs finalized, the Dragon was constructed by the within the lower districts of ., a high-ranking general of the Covenant army, ordered the creation of a personal chariot to direct battles from on the front while locating and securing Forerunner relics. The design was handled by some of the most respected of the age, based along the lines of the