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"This classic four-bladed, twin-engine combat chopper has not only seen active duty in the Middle East, it's starred in 3 movies about the Middle East since it returned! The Annihilator is renowned for its stealth capabilities... as much as a huge black helicopter with 4 machine guns can ever be considered stealthy."
Elitás Travel website.

The Western Company Annihilator is an armed utility helicopter that appeared in Grand Theft Auto IV (and its episodes) and Grand Theft Auto Online.

Design

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Annihilator is a military/police helicopter based on the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, specifically the MH-60L Direct Action Penetrator version, judging by its stub wings, which is able to carry four mounted weapons on the same wings (two in each one). Its livery is modeled after the US Custom And Border Protection's Office Of CBP Air and Marine Colors.

It features a black body with a yellow stripe and decals on the same, which is operated by the National Office of Security Enforcement (Grand Theft Auto IV) and the Military (Grand Theft Auto Online). The helicopter comes with a set of four miniguns mounted on both stub wings that can be used by the pilot. Being made as a police-issued helicopter, a searchlight is fitted on the nose.

The Annihilator's design is also comparable to that of the Raindance in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which is based on a variant of the real-life Black Hawk. It fills the attack helicopter role previously taken by the 3D Universe Hunter.

Operated by the NOOSE (labeled as LC Patriotism And Immigration Authority) the Annihilator is the only armed Law Enforcement Vehicle in the game. It is occasionally seen patrolling the skies above Liberty City in single player mode, often over the East Borough Bridge and Hickey Bridge.

Grand Theft Auto Online

Visually, the Annihilator remains mostly the same as its GTA IV predecessor. It has gained some visual updates, like a red light that illuminates the passenger bay and a more detailed metal fuselage texture. There is also, like most helicopters, a night vision camera that allows a co-pilot to look through. For some reason, the numbers on the bay doors are removed and the L.C. section is ommited in this game.

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Performance

Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes From Liberty City

The helicopter has the highest speed of all helicopters and, possibly, any vehicle in GTA IV, but is difficult to slow down as a result of this. The helicopter is somewhat hard to maneuvre due to its rather large design, especially when travelling through buildings and when landing onto a busy street. However, it makes up for having landing gears, which allows a soft landing on any long straight road, but its low grip will make the helicopter unsuitable for any inclination on the terrain and the landing will not result as one can expect.

While having an average resistance at collisions and its cab is partially protective for the pilot and copilot, it's very vulnerable to weapons fire, particularly Rocket Launchers, assault rifles or other Annihilators, especially on the upper side, where a single magazine from a carbine rifle can damage the vehicle enough to burn and, then, explode. The RPG can completely destroy the Annihilator, or blast its tail off, forcing it to spin out of control. Annihilators facing other Annihilator's can do the same, especially when damaging the pilot.

As said above, the Annihilator is armed with four side-mounted miniguns, which are difficult to aim and require reloading after prolonged fire, but are very devastating to people and vehicles, appart that these are supplied with an infinite amount of ammunition, although they stop when 100 rounds are fired, so the player would have to wait for two seconds or so before they can resume firing.

The Annihilator is upgraded in The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, where it moves more quickly and fires explosive rounds instead of the regular ones seen in Grand Theft Auto IV.

GTA IV Overview

Source Take-Off Speed
(0 - 60 knots)
Top Speed
(knots)
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(Kg / lb)

Defined/Claimed
(i.e. Game data definitions.)

n/a n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Observed/Tested
(i.e recorded on Airspeed Indicator)

n/a n/a

2 side engines, 4-bladed rotor

Middle

Mass cannot be observed.

Grand Theft Auto Online

On the other hand, in terms of performance, it now differs a lot from its predecessor; the miniguns fire at a much faster rate and, thanks to now having a crosshair (like other armed aircraft in GTA V), it becomes much easier to aim and hit targets with them, but its still relatively ineffective at longer ranges. They are, like in IV, normal minigun rounds, instead of the explosive ones featured in the episodes, yet that doesn't make them any less deadly against enemies, whether on foot or in vehicles. Another advantage is the fact that it can now carry 2 more players, therefore being able to easily transport a team of 6 players around the map. On the other hand, the Annihilator is now much slower, and feels even heavier to handle, being comparable to the Cargobob. This makes it hard to compete against the Buzzard or the Savage, and makes it particularly vulnerable to the Homing Launcher, but the Annihilator remain a useful transport for crews.

GTA Online Overview

Source Take-Off Speed
(0 - 60 knots)
Top Speed
(knots)
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(Kg / lb)

Defined/Claimed
(i.e. Game data definitions.)

n/a n/a

Twin engine, 4-bladed rotor (Website)

n/a

n/a

Observed/Tested
(i.e recorded on Airspeed Indicator)

n/a n/a

2 side engines, 4-bladed rotor

Middle

Mass cannot be observed.

Image Gallery

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto Online

Prominent Mission Appearances

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Lost and Damned

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto Online

Locations

Grand Theft Auto IV

Singleplayer
Multiplayer

The Lost and Damned

The Annihilator is very difficult to acquire in single player. It cannot be seen parked on any of the helipads in the city. As a result, it can only be acquired with cheats, or by sniping an Annihilator pilot flying low enough so that the helicopter won't explode upon crashing. The Annihilator remains available in TLAD's Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch.

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Singleplayer

Again, the helicopter is difficult to obtain, but it might spawn on the same places as in GTA IV.

Multiplayer

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Can be bought for $1,825,000 from the Elitás Travel website after reaching Rank 37.
  • Can be found on numerous helipads at Rank 37 and above.

Trivia

General

  • The Annihilator's minigun barrels don't actually rotate, as opposed to in real life; however, in the enhanced version of GTA V, they do rotate when fired.
  • Although the Annihilator has four M134 7.62 NATO miniguns, each has an unrealistically low rate of fire (ROF) of 200 rounds per minute (RPM). The ROF of all four guns is 800 RPM (13 rounds per second), comparable that of an SMG; in real life, each of these should fire at least 4000 RPM, with the helicopter's total ROF being 16000 RPM (266 rds/second) to 24000 RPM (400 rds/second) with all miniguns firing. However, when heard from a third-person view, it sounds as if the miniguns are firing much faster than during normal circumstances. The rate of fire has been increased in GTA Online.
  • Unlike other helicopters, like the Maverick, the Police Maverick, the Frogger and the Air Ambulance, the Annihilator's camera has a missing lens, only showing a black ball. However, when viewed from afar, the same lens appears. The best way to see this is moving away from it from the side of the helicopter until the LOD model is visible.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • In a pre-release render, the Annihilator is depicted with a single minigun on the nose and four fuel tanks on the stub wings, giving it a more military look.
  • During development, the Annihilator was painted black overall, with a NOOSE emblem. The final version includes a yellow stripe along the fuselage.
  • Along with the APC and Buzzard, the Annihilator is one of the few vehicles in GTA IV and its episodes to have mounted weapons.
  • Although the Annihilator has been updated on the PC version of GTA IV, the Annihilator has arguably faster miniguns and also has very high amount of damage output. The miniguns seen on the PC Annihilator do not exist on the console versions, therefore for making it harder to kill other players or inflict damage. Although the Buzzard's miniguns shoot at the same speed, they do not have the same amount of damage output when compared to the Annihilator on the PC version.
  • If players are fortunate enough to find an Annihilator that has crashed and landed, (blown up or not) running into the helicopter will give them an instant 1 star wanted level because it is considered a vehicle of the LCPD.
    • Like the Police Maverick, it will suffer the same glitch in that if the player leaves the helicopter, it will fly by itself.
  • If the player manages to get on the stub wings or in the tail rudders, he/she may fall, even if the helicopter does nothing.
  • The Annihilator in the final mission (A Revenger's Tragedy or Out of Commission) of GTA IV has unique properties: it has one back door closed and the helicopter has a unique warning sound. One can notice that the closed door has a slighty different texture and, if the player tries to save it at a parking space of a safehouse, the door disappears.
    GTA IV Annihilator Slide-door closed variant

    The Annihilator with slide-door closed During A Revenger's Tragedy/Out Of Commission.

  • The Annihilator is the only helicopter to have its tail rotor on the right side. Considering the rotor spinning, the Annihilator in GTA IV has the issue that both the main rotor and the tail rotor are pushing on the same orientation. This was corrected in GTA Online.
  • Entering the Annihilator in multiplayer automatically grants the player a RPG with 8 rounds.
  • In the mission Corner Kids (TBoGT), Henrique will mention the helicopter by its name ("Shit. They sent the Annihilator in").

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Entering it gives the player a Sniper Rifle.
  • The Annihilator is no longer in use by the NOOSE but used for military training as seen in "On Maneuvers". However, it's still marked as a NOOSE vehicle, implying its use as a "military/police helicopter".
  • In GTA Online, the vehicle's decals ommits the L.C. marks and the numbers on the doors, similar to the Securicar's warning stencils. This can be noted at the sides, where it turns asymmetric when compared.
  • The final part of the Elitas Travel description of the helicopter could be a reference to the UH-60 Blackhawks used during the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011, which were alledgely modified with stealth capabilities.
  • As of patch 1.17, the machine gun's aim is reset to a larger dot. This can be changed in the settings menu, though.

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