The C-147B Paladin is a large U.S. military transport aircraft repurposed as a mobile HQ for Fourth Echelon. It has several sections, including an armory, infirmary and holding cells. The Paladin also includes news and data mining, predictive analytics, and facial & video forensics using a device called the S.M.I, or the Strategic Mission Interface.
The Paladin was established as the headquarters for Fourth Echelon. Sam Fisher is appointed as the unit's commander by President Caldwell following the first Blacklist attack, and is partnered with Anna Grímsdóttir, Isaac Briggs, and Charlie Cole. Shortly after the Safehouse operation in Benghazi, Libya, Andriy Kobin is placed in a holding cell as a high value prisoner, and eventually Kestrel rests in the infirmary after being extracted from Koltsovo Naukograd, Russia, but as a high value individual/patient.
Following the Guantanamo Bay mission, the Paladin comes under attack in Yucatan, Mexico. The crew defends it, and Ollie becomes wounded in action. Eventually, Isaac Briggs takes over the UAV to defend it as it takes off. Prior to American Fuel, Majid Sadiq orders the plane to be destroyed, that is why the Paladin experiences a STUXNET style virus attack from the Engineers, stripping the crew's control of the Paladin followed by flashes of the Blacklist on every screen within the ops center. The co-pilot ends up having to control the Paladin alone manually and Sam has to free Kobin from his cell in order to fly it above sea level.
Kobin tells Sam to dump some cargo to reduce the Paladin's weight, and Sam heads to the hangar where Briggs waits for him to dump the chopper. Kobin then tells Sam to cut off the Paladin's power in order to reboot the Paladin's systems, then Sam heads to the cockpit where the co-pilot informs him that Kobin wants to re-install the Paladin's systems mid-flight. Kobin tells Sam to pump fuel back to the engines while he reboots the whole system, succeeding in the process; however, the American Fuel attack becomes successful throughout the virus attack on the Paladin, being hit by the same virus as well. It was revealed by Charlie that the STUXNET virus originated from the tablet Sam picked up in Mirawa, Iraq.
During the Denver mission, it is taken over by Delta Force operators. After Sadiq's plan foiled by Fourth Echelon, Sadiq and rest of the Engineers tried to hijack the Paladin, before being stopped by Fisher and Delta Force. Later, the team comes back on-board to continue operations after apprehending Sadiq. They used it to travel to Turkey in pursuit of Igor Kasperov.
The Paladin has 7 sections, all can be improved:
Sophisticated sensors track assets & hostiles during missions
- Level 1 - Unlock a radar shown in the HUD
- Level 2 - Extend radar range & show facing directions
Upgrade Charlie's workshop to gain access to custom-built prototype weapons
- Level 1 - Unlock SC-400S submachine gun and SC-IS Shotgun for purchase
- Level 2 - Unlock SC-IS Pistol, SC4000 assault rifle, and SC-IS Sniper Rifle for purchase
Command & ControlEdit
Enhance data gathering capabilities to locate secondary objectives in the field
- Level 1 - Reveal dead drop locations in the HUD
- Level 2 - Reveal all secondary objectives from further away
- Level 1 - Faster regeneration in SP & Coop
- Level 2 - Even faster regeneration in SP & Coop
- Level 1 - Unlock a custom loadout slot for SP & Coop
- Level 2 - Unlock another custom loadout slot for SP & Coop
Improve Kobin's accommodations and he will pass along sources for black market weapons
- Level 1 - Unlock 7 black market weapons for purchase
- Level 2 - Unlock 7 more black market weapons for purchase
Improve cargo facilities so Fourth Echelon can provide more extensive equipment drops
- Level 1 - Customize gear in the field (except in Perfectionist)
The Paladin is 174 feet long and 170 feet wide. It is powered by four F117-PW-100 engines. The inside was covered by a composite which turned it into a Faraday cage. Following Sadiq's subversion, the interior was TEMPEST certified and the avionics met RED/BLACK separation standards. Additionally, it was shielded against Van Eck phreaking.
- Unidentified pilot
- Unidentified co-pilot
- Sam Fisher
- Anna Grímsdóttir
- Isaac Briggs
- Charlie Cole
- Oliver Fenton
- Unidentified loadmaster (post-Blacklist attacks)
- The Paladin has many appearances. Indeed, from the first trailers to the most recent trailer, it loses two reactors, the cockpit is lowered, and overall appearance have changed. The remote controlled version of the Paladin doesn't have the same appearance as the in-game versions. The original appearance of the Paladin from the E3 2012 trailer resembles that of the C-5 Galaxy.
- The interior changes slightly following certain missions: The holding cell is empty before Safehouse, the helicopter disappears after the Paladin mission, and Kestrel appears in the infirmary after completing the co-op campaign.
- The phone in the C-147B Paladin allows Sam to keep in touch with his daughter, their conversations are different between missions.
- Kestrel is the only person kept in the infirmary between missions, all of the crew that are sent to the infirmary return to their normal spot between missions.
- The plane is modeled after the C-17 Globemaster III, according to Blacklist Aftermath. Though its in-game callsign is "Paladin", it is not to be confused with the C-50A or C-50B Paladin transport crafts, which are much bigger aircraft. Despite being based on C-17, it has some features found in C-141 Starlifter and C-5 Galaxy.
- The name of the remote control version is C-147B Paladin. But in the "Become What They Fear Most" trailer, C-159 is written on the fuselage
- Interestingly, the C-147B bears a striking resemblance to the Bering I-86DP from Just Cause 2. However, this is merely coincidental, as both were modeled after the C-17.
- The C-147B Paladin is similar to the Nomad from Metal Gear Solid 4, both in that they are both based on a military transport aircraft and they serve as the base of operations for the protagonists.