[SPOILERS FOR HALO 3]
The Phantom is featured in Halo 3. It was seen in the Halo 3 Announcement Trailer and the Halo 3 E3 2007 Trailer. This version seems to show very similar dimensions to that of Halo 2. However, Covenant troops are now also dispatched via exits on either side of the vehicle, which have platforms with Plasma Cannons for support. There is however, only a single Plasma Cannon on the underside of the vehicle. There are also several major graphical improvements to this version.
The Halo 3 Phantom is also now destructible, being vulnerable to Fuel Rod Cannons and at least AIE-486H Heavy Machine Gun rounds (believed to be 7.62 mm or larger) and they can also be destroyed with all the rounds of a Missile Pod on Heroic, though according to a Bungie podcast it may be vulnerable to as little as a melee attack, though in the final game they're very durable, able to take up to four shots from a scorpion tank.(4 Fuel Rod Cannon shots can take one down, as mentioned above under the combat section.) Separatist Phantoms are now painted in UNSC Gun Metal Green to distinguish themselves from the purple/blue Loyalist Phantoms, to show their newly found alliance to the Humans and the UNSC.
The Separatist Phantom also seems to have active camouflage, this can be seen in The Covenant, during the Hornet fight and after the Flood comes.
Troop clamps are equipment used by any Phantoms in Halo 3. They are best observed on the Storm (level) when the first Phantom drops a Brute, a bunch of Grunts and Jackals near the Missile pod. They can only be seen via theatre mode by pausing and moving the camera inside the Phantom. The purpose of troop clamps is unknown but it is speculated that they are used to prevent small enemies (etc. grunts) from being sucked out the Grav lift when deploying troops via the lift.
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HALO BY BUNGIE.
PICTURE FROM HALOPEDIA.