Dropship 79 Heavy - Troop Carrier
- Misriah Armory
- Entered Service:
- 3 Crew + 10-14 Passengers
- Maximum Speed:
- 417-561mph (671-903km/h)
- 100.6ft (30.7m)
- 82.7ft (25.2m)
- 35.2ft (10.7m)
- 71.3-89.4 Tons (64.7-77 Tonnes)
For over a century, Pelican dropships have been the UNSC’s best and most prominent method of troop and materiel transportation in its various military endeavors. These workhorse craft are equally at home in orbit and atmosphere, and have even been pressed into use for short interplanetary trips. Available in a bewildering number of models and unique variants, Pelicans are likely to remain in service for the foreseeable future.
Misriah Armory’s D79 model has seen the most substantial post-war usage. It features increased armor, separated operator stations, twin nose-mounted GAU/53 autocannons, and more powerful engines.
The G79 gunship variant is simply a formalization of various impromptu modifications to the base Pelican that have been used throughout the Covenant War. Heavily armed, the G79 features a heavy laser cannon as well as two flank machine gun turrets. Some gunships even have an M369 low-pressure cannon installed in a dorsal turret.
D77-TC: Standard dropship employed during the Insurrection and Covenant War.
D77H-TCI: This variant featured a tandem pilot-seating configuration.
D77C: Paramilitary variant widely used by police forces in major urban areas.
D78-TC: Post-War model with improved avionics and new thrusters.
D79-TC: Starting 2557, the D79 began to replace aging D77 airframes.
G79H-TC: The D79 Pelican gunship variant.