D79H-TC Pelican (abbreviated D79H-TC), also known as the Pelican Dropship, is an extremely versatile aircraft capable of carrying troops, cargo, or vehicles, and sporting a heavy arsenal of weapons. Because of this, the Pelican is both a capable support gunship, and troop deployment carrier.
After years of requests from players, the D79H-TC Pelican became the first flyable Pelican model that is neither an easter egg or a mod. The Pelican can be flown at at the start of the Halo 4 level Shutdown. The standard model of the Pelican has two nose mounted machine guns, operable by the pilot. The Gunship model of the Pelican has two side-mounted turrets, similar to Falcon, and a rocket turret above the cockpit. The pilot also has access to a nose-mounted machine gun alongside a Spartan Laser. The Pelican flyable in Halo 4's campaign has a seemingly infinite boost, unlike most Covenant vehicles. So far, the Pelican is only drivable in Shutdown and it is unknown whether it will be drivable in Spartan Ops.
Unlike the earlier D77 models, the cockpit opens to allow the pilot inside.
Unlike previous Pelicans, the downward thrusters are no longer on the nacelles and are instead on the main body.
The D79H Pelican is the most heavily armed gunship in the UNSC.
The D79H also is equipped with an advanced version of the Spartan Laser.
Unlike other Pelican models, the D79 supports acceleration thrusters.
On the mission Reclaimer three pelicans are seen flying away from the Mammoth, and it is possible that it takes three Pelicans to lift a Mammoth. Though it is unlikely with even three Pelicans are they able to lift 1000 tons.
While the variant flown in the Halo 4 level Shutdown is the D79H-TC/MA Pelican gunship, it is possible to fly the dropship variant via a glitch on the level Reclaimer.
It's cockpit resembles that of a Russian helicopter, Mi-24 Hind and of the LAAT/i gunship from Star Wars.
This is the first known Pelican model officially to have a hologram projector in the cargo bay. The Tart-cart was first integrated with one on request.
The turret on the top and the turrets on the sides are able to be operated by the player in the level Shutdown.