The Dropship 77-Troop Carrier, abbreviated D77-TC, or more commonly known as the Pelican, is an extremely versatile aircraft used by the UNSC. Used mainly for medium-lift operations of various personnel, vehicles and equipment, it can also be used as a powerful support gunship.

Overview & Background

The D77-TC Pelican is mainly used for the rapid insertion and extraction of ground troops. They may deliver vehicles and vital equipment to the battlefield when required. The D77-TC has been in service for over fifty years, and is the primary tactical support aircraft of the UNSC.

The Pelican is a multi-role aircraft; it is fully capable of atmospheric flight and can land almost anywhere without difficulty. The Pelican is also capable of limited spaceflight, which the UNSC uses as a primary method of delivering troops to the surface from orbit. Standard armament consists of one Class III externally powered projectile weapon at the bow of the craft, and another one at the rear, in the extended crew area.

Known Pelicans in Halo SPV3

Gameplay Information

Generally the D77 can not be piloted or operated by the player, but often delivers ordnance during battle or is the starting point for the mission.


  • If outfitted with the missile pods, the Pelican can easily destroy groups of enemies and vehicles. Which will save the player ammo and time.


  • While the missile pods are useful to clear out enemies, if the player stands too close to an enemy, they will be killed by friendly fire, even though the enemy is already dead.

Developer Information



  • The Pelican, along with the Longsword, are the only UNSC vehicles that can't be piloted during gameplay.
  • The Pelican shows clear inspiration from the UD-4L Cheyenne dropship from the movie Aliens, which inspired Halo in many ways.


vde UNSC vehicles in SPV3
GungooseWarthog (ChaingunRocketGaussHeretic)GrizzlySOEIVBumblebeeSparrowhawkPelicanLongswordStalwart-class Light FrigateHalcyon-class Light Cruiser
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