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{{Infobox vehicles
| name = Annihilator
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|name = Annihilator
| front_image = Annihilator GTA IV.png
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|front_image = Annihilator-GTAO-front.png
| image_size = 300
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|image_size = 300
| caption = The Annihilator in [[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]]
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|caption = An '''Annihilator''' in ''[[Grand Theft Auto Online]]''.
| manufacturer = [[Western Company]]
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|rear_image = Annihilator-GTAO-rear.png
| vehicle_type = Law Enforcement vehicle
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|manufacturer = [[Western Company]]
| body_style = Attack helicopter
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|price = [[Money|$]]1,825,000 <small>([[Grand Theft Auto Online|GTA Online]])</small><br><small>([[Elitás Travel]])</small>
| capacity = 4 (pilot and three passengers)
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|vehicle_class = Helicopters
| appearances = [[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto V|GTA V]]
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|vehicle_type = Law Enforcement vehicle
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|body_style = Light Attack/Transport Helicopter
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|capacity = 4 <small>(Pilot and three passengers, GTA IV)</small><br>6 <small>(Pilot and five passengers, GTA Online) </small>
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|appearances = ''[[Grand Theft Auto IV]]<br>[[The Lost and Damned]]<br>[[The Ballad of Gay Tony]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto Online]]''
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|related = [[Raindance]]<br>[[Buzzard]]<br>[[Hunter]]<br>[[Savage]]
 
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{{quote|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.}}
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The [[Western Company]] '''Annihilator''' is an armed utility [[Helicopters|helicopter]] that appeared in ''[[Grand Theft Auto IV]]'' (and its [[Episodes from Liberty City|episodes]]) and ''[[Grand Theft Auto Online]]''.
   
The [[Western Company]] '''Annihilator''' is an armed attack [[helicopter]] in [[Grand Theft Auto IV]] and its episodes based on the [[wp:UH-60 Black Hawk|MH-60L Black Hawk]]. The Annihilator's design and real-life counterpart are comparable to those of the [[Raindance]] in [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]. It fills the attack helicopter role previously taken by the [[3D Universe]] [[Hunter]]. The Annihilator is upgraded in [[The Lost and Damned]] and [[The Ballad of Gay Tony]], it moves faster and fires explosive rounds instead of the regular ones in [[Grand Theft Auto IV]].
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== Design ==
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===''Grand Theft Auto IV''===
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The Annihilator is a military/police helicopter based on the [[wp:Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk|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.
   
== Description ==
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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 [[Vehicle Mounted Weapons|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.
=== GTA IV ===
 
[[Image:Annihilator-GTA4-front.jpg|left|thumb|300px|A [[NOOSE]]-Controlled Annihilator scouting for the [[Wanted Level in GTA IV|wanted]] player in GTA IV.]]
 
Operated by the [[NOOSE|LC Patriotism And Immigration Authority]], or NOOSE, the Annihilator is one of the two armed Law Enforcement Vehicles (The other being the [[Fire Truck]] which is a "law enforcement" vehicle used for riot control) in ''GTA IV''. It is occasionally seen patrolling the skies above Liberty City in single player mode, often over the [[East Borough Bridge]] and [[Hickey Bridge]]. Its livery is modeled after the US Custom And Border Protection's Office Of CBP Air and Marine Colors.
 
   
The helicopter moves faster than any other vehicle in GTA IV, but is more difficult to slow down as a result. An effective way to slow down is to stop accelerating, pull back, and accelerate once again with the L-Stick still held back, as opposed to simply reversing.
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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]].
   
[[File:Minigun-GTA4.jpg|thumb|206px|The miniguns on the annihilator. ]]The Annihilator is armed with four side-mounted [[Minigun]]s, which are difficult to aim and require reloading after prolonged fire, but which are hugely devastating to people and vehicles alike, and are supplied with infinite ammunition, although they overheat after 100 rounds are fired, so player would have to wait for two seconds before they can resume firing. Also, many people use the rotors as weapons as they will kill people who get caught in them and make the vehicles fly, along with chopping off parts of other helicopters, such as the tail. Normally, AI-Controlled Annihilators never use their miniguns, instead relying on two NOOSE Tactical Response Unit Officers seated on the two rounds to fire on the player with M4A1s.
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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]].
   
A passenger in an Annihilator (or any other helicopter) can shoot a rifle whether they are in the large passenger bay in the center of the chopper, or in the co-pilot's seat, however this is very difficult, as the helicopter's speed and lack of steadiness will not aid in the accuracy of the weapon. Also, when a pistol or submachine gun is fired from a helicopter (particularly the Annihilator), it will usually not have the range to hit the target.
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===''Grand Theft Auto Online''===
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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.
   
The only weapons that can truly duke it out with the Annihilator are [[Rocket Launcher]]s, assault rifles, or other Annihilators. The RPG can destroy the Annihilator, or blast its tail off, forcing it to spin out of control. Annihilators facing their counterparts can do the same, or they can shoot off the rotor, also causing a crash. Rifle users have the range and stopping power to potentially kill pilots and/or passengers. Patient Snipers may also be able to pluck a pilot out of the sky with a headshot.
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===Current Design Gallery===
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{{Vehicle Design Gallery
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| Front_quarter_imagename = Annihilator-GTAO-frontQuarter.png
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| Top_view_imagename = Annihilator-GTAO-topView.png
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| Rear_quarter_imagename = Annihilator-GTAO-rearQuarter.png
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| Front_view_imagename = Annihilator-GTAO-frontView.png
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| Side_view_imagename = Annihilator-GTAO-sideView.png
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| Rear_view_imagename = Annihilator-GTAO-rearView.png
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| Engine_bay_imagename = Annihilator-GTAO-engine.png
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| Underside_view_imagename = Annihilator-GTAO-underside.png
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| Inside_view_imagename = Annihilator-GTAO-inside.png
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| Badge_texture_imagename = Annihilator-GTAO-Decals.png
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| Damage_view_imagename = Annihilator-GTAO-detail.png
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| Dashboard_view_imagename = Annihilator_GTAVe_Interior.jpg
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}}
   
Entering the Annihilator in Multiplayer automatically grants the player a RPG with 8 rounds.
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===Version History Gallery===
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{{Vehicle Design History Gallery
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| GTAIV_Front_imagename = Annihilator-GTAIV-front.png
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| GTAIV_Rear_imagename = Annihilator-GTAIV-rear.png
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}}
   
===Episodes from Liberty City===
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==Performance==
====The Lost and Damned ====
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===''Grand Theft Auto IV'' and ''Episodes From Liberty City''===
In [[The Lost and Damned]], the Annihilator was given explosive shells, and the top speed is increased, albeit not very noticeably. The MiniGun rounds will destroy cars, trucks, motorcycles, and even other helicopters and enemy players with only a few shots. However the rounds fired from the Annihilator can not be seen in TLAD making accurate shots harder, but the explosive rounds makes up for the inaccurancy. When the explosive rounds, speed, and damage resistance are all put together, this equates to an extremely deadly vehicle, especially when facing an experienced pilot.
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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.
   
The Annihilator is very difficult to acquire in single player in TLAD, possibly because [[Johnny Klebitz|Johnny]] lacks flight qualifications for any type of aircraft (conversely, [[Niko Bellic|Niko]] knows how to fly helicopters from his time in the military and [[Luis Fernando Lopez|Luis]] has recently received a pilot's license). It cannot be seen parked on any of the helipads in the city. As a result, it can only be acquired with [[Cheats in GTA IV|cheats]], or by sniping an Annihilator pilot flying low enough that the helicopter won't explode upon crashing. The Annihilator remains available in TLAD's [[Deathmatch]] and Team Deathmatch.
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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 Launcher]]s, [[Assault Rifle|assault rifles]] or other Annihilators, especially on the upper side, where a single magazine from a [[Carbine Rifle|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.
   
==== The Ballad Of Gay Tony ====
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As said above, the Annihilator is armed with four side-mounted [[Minigun|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.
In [[The Ballad Of Gay Tony]], the helicopter remains the same as TLAD's revision, but this time it is easier to obtain in SinglePlayer, occasionally spawning on the [[MeTV]] building or the [[LCPD in GTA IV Era#Police stations|LCPD station]] in [[Lower Easton]]. NOOSE may now employ the helicopter's miniguns in full effect to assault the player during the missions "[[High Dive]]", "[[Not So Fast]]", and "[[For the Man Who Has Everything]]". However, during normal gameplay, they will not use the miniguns.
 
   
The Annihilator is also removed from Team Deathmatch and Deathmatch, just as Annihilators were removed from TLAD's Free Mode. The annihilator is still fairly balanced when compared to [[Buzzard]]. The Buzzard is equipped with unlimited Machine Gun ammunitions along with unlimited missiles, and is a lot more agile. However, the Annihilator is faster and can hold four people while the Buzzard only holds two, and additionally the Annihilator has more armor and it's explosive ammo makes up for its lack of missiles.
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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''.
   
==Locations==
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====GTA IV Overview====
===GTA IV===
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{{Aircraft Stats
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|Engine Type observed = 2 side engines, 4-bladed rotor
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|Engine Location observed = Middle
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}}
   
* One on a helipad at the [[East Holland LCPD Station|East Holland Police Station]] in [[Algonquin]]. It is watched over by [[LCPD in GTA IV Era|LCPD]] Officers armed with [[M16|M4A1s]], but stealing it will only attract the usual [[Wanted Level|one star]] for vehicle theft, which can easily be evaded with the chopper.
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===''Grand Theft Auto Online''===
* One on the helipad atop the [[Lower Easton Police Station]] in Algonquin.
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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.
* One in [[Purgatory]] near the [[Golden Pier]]. Taking this will attract no Wanted Rating, since no one is guarding it. It can also be found in Multiplayer.
 
* One in [[Francis International Airport, Dukes|Francis International Airport]] in Singleplayer. Taking this will attract a 4 star wanted level, as the Annihilator is in the FIA runway area.
 
* An Annihilator spawns on top of the [[MeTV]] building in Algonquin in place of a [[Maverick]] after the player shoots all 200 [[Pigeons|pigeons]].
 
* Spawn by dialing [[Cheats in GTA IV|359-555-0100]] using the [[phone]]. This disables the Walk Free and One Man Army [[Achievements in GTA IV|achievements]].
 
* One can be seen flying over the [[Hickey Bridge]].
 
===GTA IV Multiplayer===
 
   
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====GTA Online Overview====
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{{Aircraft Stats
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|Engine Type defined = Twin engine, 4-bladed rotor <small>(Website)</small>
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|Engine Type observed = 2 side engines, 4-bladed rotor
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|Engine Location observed = Middle
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* At the [[Higgins Helitours|Helitours]] heliport in Multiplayer in GTA IV only.
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==Image Gallery==
* One on top of the Fire Station in Southwest [[Alderney]] in Multiplayer.
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===''Grand Theft Auto IV''===
* On top of the police station on the West Side of the Parking Building at the Francis International Airport in Multiplayer.
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<gallery position="center">
* On top of a building in [[The Exchange]] in TBoGT multiplayer. The building is easy to spot from the air because it has a helipad on top.
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Annihilator-GTA4-beta-front.jpg|Early pre-release render of the Annihilator in GTA IV, with an all-black body and a different weapon configuration.
* On top of a building in [[Castle Gardens]] in TBoGT Multiplayer. The building is easy to spot from the air because it has a helipad on top.
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gta4annihilatorhelicopter.jpg|Pre-release GTA IV screenshot of a similarly colored Annihilator airborne.
* Can be seen patrolling around [[Charge Island]].
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Annihilator-GTA4-front.jpg|A [[NOOSE]]-controlled Annihilator scouting for the [[Wanted Level in GTA IV|wanted]] player in GTA IV.
* Can be found at the heliport in the airport in TBoGT TLAD and IV.
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Annihilator-GTAIV-Firing.jpg|Annihilator firing.
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Minigun-GTA4.jpg|The miniguns on the Annihilator.
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Annihilator-GTAIV-ForTheManWhoHasEverything.png|A group of Annihilators firing during [[For the Man Who Has Everything]].
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Annihilator-GTAIV-Decals.png|Annihilator Decals.
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==Prominent mission appearances==
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===''Grand Theft Auto Online''===
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<gallery position="center">
* [[The Snow Storm]]
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Annihilator-GTAV-RSC.png|The '''Annihilator''' on the [[Rockstar Games Social Club]].
* [[Three Leaf Clover]]
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GTA Annihilator Legion Square.png|Annihilator flying over [[Legion Square]] in GTA Online.
* [[Out of Commission]] <small>(Revenge [[Endings in GTA IV|Ending]])</small>
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GTA V Annihilator Lens.png|The Annihilator's bugged lens.
* [[A Revenger's Tragedy]] <small>(Deal [[Endings in GTA IV|Ending]])</small>
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</gallery>
   
;The Lost and Damned
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==Prominent Mission Appearances==
* [[Marta Full of Grace]]
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===''Grand Theft Auto IV''===
* [[Shifting Weight]]
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* Seen in the mission [[The Snow Storm]], where it takes part of the [[National Office of Security Enforcement|NOOSE]]'s raid at the [[Old Hospital|old hospital]].
* [[Get Lost]]
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* In [[Three Leaf Clover]], an Annihilator appears in front of [[Niko Bellic]], [[Patrick McReary|Packie]] and [[Derrick McReary|Derrick]], forcing them to escape through the [[Subway in GTA IV|subway]].
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* In both [[Out of Commission]] ([[Endings in GTA IV#Revenge|Revenge]] ending) and [[A Revenger's Tragedy]] ([[Endings in GTA IV#Deal|Deal]] ending), Niko, [[Little Jacob]] and [[Roman Bellic]] will use one to chase [[Jimmy Pegorino]] or [[Dimitri Rascalov]] up to [[Happiness Island]].
   
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===''The Lost and Damned''===
* [[I Luv LC|I luv LC]]
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* In [[Marta Full of Grace]], an Annihilator appears along several [[Federal Investigation Bureau|FIB]] and NOOSE agents.
* [[Corner Kids]]
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* Appears during the chase in the mission [[Shifting Weight]], after [[Johnny Klebitz]], [[Malc]] and [[DeSean]] reach [[Middle Park East]].
* [[High Dive]]
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* In [[Get Lost]], a NOOSE team will arrive to the [[Alderney State Correctional Facility]] in two Annihilators.
* [[Frosting On The Cake]]
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* [[Not So Fast]]
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===''The Ballad of Gay Tony''===
* [[For the Man Who Has Everything]]
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* In [[Corner Kids]], an Annihilator deploys a NOOSE team on a roof and later, it will try to kill [[Luis Fernando Lopez|Luis Lopez]], [[Armando Torres]] and [[Henrique Bardas]], but Luis manages to destroy it with an [[Rocket Launcher|RPG]].
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* In [[High Dive]], several Annihilatos will try to kill Luis.
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* Appears in the mission [[Frosting On The Cake]], after Luis and [[Gay Tony]] reach the [[Algonquin Bridge]]. A police gunner attacks the [[Stretch E|vehicle]], but Luis manages to destroy it.
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* In [[Not So Fast]], two Annihilators will try to destroy [[Yusuf Amir]]'s [[Buzzard]]. They must be destroyed.
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* In [[For the Man Who Has Everything]], several Annihilators, along with [[Police Maverick]]s, will try to kill the player.
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* In [[On Maneuvers]] the [[GTA Online Protagonist|player]] must steal one from a [[military]] training.
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==Locations==
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===''Grand Theft Auto IV''===
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* On a helipad at the [[East Holland LCPD Station|East Holland Police Station]] in [[Algonquin]]. It is watched over by [[Liberty City Police Department (HD Universe)|LCPD officers]] armed with [[Carbine Rifle]]s, but stealing it will only attract [[Wanted Level in GTA IV|one star]] for vehicle theft, which can easily be evaded with the chopper.
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* On the helipad atop the [[Lower Easton Police Station]] in [[Lower Easton]], Algonquin.
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* Can be found in [[Purgatory]] near the [[Golden Pier]]. Taking this will attract no Wanted Level, since no one is guarding it.
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* One in [[Francis International Airport, Dukes|Francis International Airport]] in singleplayer. Taking this will attract a 4-star wanted level, as the Annihilator is in the FIA runway area. Mentioning that in ''GTA IV'' is scripted to set the search radar on it, one can't escape a [[Wanted Level in GTA IV|wanted level]] of 3+ stars while flying a helicopter.
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* An Annihilator occasionally spawns on top of the [[MeTV Building|MeTV building]] in [[Star Junction]], Algonquin in place of a [[Maverick]] after the player shoots all 200 [[Pigeons|pigeons]].
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* Spawn by dialing [[Cheats in GTA IV|359-555-0100]] using the [[phone]]. This disables the Walk Free and One Man Army [[Achievements in GTA IV|achievements]], doesn't disable trophies in the PlayStation 3 version.
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* At the [[Higgins Helitours|Helitours heliport]].
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* Can be found in [[Purgatory]] near the [[Golden Pier]].
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* On top of the [[Tudor Fire Station]] in [[Tudor]], [[Alderney]].
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* On top of the police station on the west side of the parking building in [[Francis International Airport, Dukes|Francis International Airport]].
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* On top of a building in [[The Exchange]].
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* On top of a building in [[Castle Gardens]].
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* Can be seen flying around [[Charge Island]].
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* Three can be found at the heliport in the [[Francis International Airport, Dukes|airport]].
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* On top of the [[East Holland LCPD Station|East Holland Police Station]] in [[Northwood]].
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* On top of the [[MeTV Building]].
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===''The Lost and Damned''===
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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 in GTA IV|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.
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===''The Ballad of Gay Tony''===
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Again, the helicopter is difficult to obtain, but it might spawn on the same places as in ''GTA IV''.
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* On top of the police station on the west side of the parking building in [[Francis International Airport, Dukes|Francis International Airport]].
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* One can be found at the heliport in the [[Francis International Airport, Dukes|airport]].
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===''Grand Theft Auto Online''===
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*Can be bought for [[Money|$]]1,825,000 from the [[Elitás Travel]] website after reaching [[Rank]] 37.
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*Can be found on numerous helipads at Rank 37 and above.
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
{{double image|right|Annihilator-GTA4-beta-front.jpg|250|gta4annihilatorhelicopter.jpg|250|Early pre-release render of the Annihilator in GTA IV, with an all-black body.|Pre-release GTA IV screenshot of a similarly colored Annihilator airborne.|}}
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=== General ===
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*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.
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*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.
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* 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.
   
*When entering or landing the Annihilator in crowded areas, pedestrians will flee the area to give the Annihilator ample space to land. Vehicles, however, will not flee the area. They will instead try to drive around.
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*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.
 
*During development, the Annihilator was painted black overall, with a NOOSE emblem. The final version includes a yellow stripe along the fuselage.
* The Annihilator is the only helicopter in the original [[GTA IV]] that is not a variant of the [[Maverick]].
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*Along with the [[APC]] and [[Buzzard]], the Annihilator is one of the few vehicles in ''GTA IV'' and its episodes to have mounted weapons.
* The helicopter, like all other helicopters in the game, can lose its main rotor or tail broom, causing it to either hurtle towards the ground or spin continuously.
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*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.
* 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.
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*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]].
*Along with the [[APC]] and [[Buzzard]], the Annihilator is one of the few vehicles in GTA IV and its episodes to have mounted weapons (along with the [[Fire Truck]], which has a mounted water cannon not specifically intended as a weapon).
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**Like the [[Police Maverick]], it will suffer the same glitch in that if the player leaves the helicopter, it will fly by itself.
*The Annihilator is the only Law Enforcement Vehicle in single player, aside from the [[Prison Bus]], with a radio.
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*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.
*If the tail is broken or shot off, it is possible to keep the helicopter airborne. The player must keep holding the throttle down to keep the helicopter from descending, and use the left thumbstick to keep the helicopter from flipping upside down. As with other helicopters which have lost their tail, it is possible to move slowly in a general direction by nudging the joystick forward when the helicopter is facing the right way.
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*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 [[Safehouses in GTA IV|safehouse]], the door disappears.[[File:GTA IV Annihilator Slide-door closed variant.png|thumb|242x242px|The Annihilator with slide-door closed During [[A Revenger's Tragedy]]/[[:Out_of_Commission|Out Of Commission]].]]
*Just as the main rotor blades can be broken by keeping them in a confined space the tail rotor blades can to be broken, this gives the same effect as the whole tail being broken off, just spinning around in circles.
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*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''.
*If the player attempts to climb onto the helicopter's back wings, the player will immediately fall off and take a little damage. Same applies when climbing on the top of mounted miniguns though it is rare to fall off.
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*Entering the Annihilator in [[Multiplayer in GTA IV|multiplayer]] automatically grants the player a RPG with 8 rounds.
*If you do break off the tail, you can use the health cheat to make it reappear ; strangely, sparks will fly out of the tail as if it were not there, but is still functional.
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*In the mission [[Corner Kids]] (''TBoGT''), [[Henrique Bardas|Henrique]] will mention the helicopter by its name ("''Shit. They sent the Annihilator in''").
*The Annihilator exists as a [[modification]] for [[GTA San Andreas]], its default replacment is the [[Hunter|Hunte]][[Hunter|r]].
 
*Although the Annihilator does not come equipped with a Police Computer, it can still be used for Vigilante Missions. Simply activate the side mission in a different police vehicle, then leave it and enter the Annihilator. The mission will continue as normal. However, the helicopter must descend to street level when approaching the criminals to actually continue with the mission.
 
*The Annihilator has a bullet-proof windshield and door windows, however, when [[Niko Bellic|Niko]] steals one, he will break it with his arm.
 
*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 you are fortunate enough to find an Annihilator that has crashed and landed, (blown up or not) running into the helicopter will give you an instant 1 star wanted level because it is considered a vehicle of the [[LCPD]].
 
*The Annihailator in the final mission ([[A Revenger's Tragedy]] or [[Out of Commission]]) of GTA IV have unique properties: the back door are closed and the helicopter have unique warning sound.
 
*Because there can be two NPC operated Annihilators on the map at once, they will constantly crash into each other and buildings. Sometimes, if very lucky, the Annihilators will crash and kill themselves without the player doing anything.
 
   
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*Entering it gives the player a [[Sniper Rifle]].
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*The Annihilator is no longer in use by the [[National Office of Security Enforcement|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".
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*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.
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*The final part of the Elitas Travel description of the helicopter could be a reference to the [[wp:UH-60 Blackhawk|UH-60 Blackhawks]] used during the mission that killed [[wp:Osama Bin Laden|Osama Bin Laden]] in 2011, which were alledgely modified with stealth capabilities.
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* 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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== See also ==
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==See Also==
* [[Buzzard]], another attack helicopter in The Ballad of Gay Tony and [[Grand Theft Auto V]].
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* [[Buzzard]] - Another attack helicopter featured in The Ballad of Gay Tony and [[Grand Theft Auto V]].
* [[Police Maverick]].
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* [[Hunter]] - An attack helicopter prominently featured in the [[3D Universe]]
* [[Hunter]], an attack helicopter from GTA Vice City to GTA Vice City Stories.
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* [[Savage]] - Another attack helicopter featured exclusively for ''[[Grand Theft Auto Online]]'' as a part of the [[Heists Update]]
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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 Edit

Grand Theft Auto IVEdit

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 OnlineEdit

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.

Current Design GalleryEdit


Version History GalleryEdit

PerformanceEdit

Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes From Liberty CityEdit

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 OverviewEdit

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 OnlineEdit

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 OverviewEdit

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 GalleryEdit

Grand Theft Auto IVEdit

Grand Theft Auto OnlineEdit

Prominent Mission AppearancesEdit

Grand Theft Auto IVEdit

The Lost and DamnedEdit

The Ballad of Gay TonyEdit

Grand Theft Auto OnlineEdit

LocationsEdit

Grand Theft Auto IVEdit

Singleplayer
Multiplayer

The Lost and DamnedEdit

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 TonyEdit

Singleplayer

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

Multiplayer

Grand Theft Auto OnlineEdit

  • 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 Edit

General Edit

  • 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 IVEdit

  • 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 OnlineEdit

  • 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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