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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.
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The Western Annihilator is an armed utility helicopter that appeared in Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto Online.

Design

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Annihilator is 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. 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.

The aircraft is depicted with a rather large fuselage, having a rounded nose, a large cabin and large access doors, as well as a searchlight/camera fitted below the nose and the main undercarriage. The middle section of the fuselage is tall and wide, with large engine intakes/exhausts, side doors and access steps, as well as stub wings with the corresponding pylons and support frames. The tail boom features a large empennage with a wide horizontal stabilizer, a tall vertical stabilizer and a tail rotor on the right side, while the underside has the corresponding tail landing gear with dual wheels. The helicopter bears yellow stripes with National Office of Security Enforcement markings around the fuselage, as well as LC Patriotism And Immigration Authority stencils on the tail boom and a registration code on the doors.

The interior is relatively large and features a wide instrument panel, along with a cut-out section leading to the rear bay. Like the Maverick and the Police Maverick, the rear passengers sit on the borders of the same bay and can use Assault Rifles.

The helicopter is only available in a black primary color, and uses a set of industrial wheels derived from vehicles like the Airtug, the Mule and the Benson.

The vehicle is armed with four Miniguns mounted on the pylons of the stub wings, which resemble M134 Miniguns.

Grand Theft Auto Online

The Annihilator returns in Grand Theft Auto Online with the same design and features as its GTA IV predecessor. However, it has gained some visual details, like a red light that illuminates the passenger bay and a more detailed metal fuselage texture. The front searchlight/camera can be used by the copilot to look through, like most helicopters. While retaining the same livery as in GTA IV, the registration code on the doors were removed and the stencils of the tail boom lack the "L.C." part. The interior of the aircraft remains identical to its previous iteration, but adds two additional seats on the rear bay. In the enhanced version, it uses a dedicated "Flyer" dial set also used on the Maverick and the Police Maverick. Again, the helicopter is only available in a black primary color, and retains the same wheel design as before.

The vehicle is still equipped with four miniguns, which in the enhanced version, rotate when using them.

Current Design Gallery


Version History Gallery

Performance

Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes From Liberty City

Vehicle

The Annihilator has the highest speed of all helicopters and, possibly, any vehicle in GTA IV, as the player can reach to a destination quickly. However, it is difficult to slow down and somewhat hard to maneuvre due to its rather large design, especially when travelling through buildings and when landing onto a busy street. The Annihilator is upgraded in The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, where it moves more quickly.

The aircraft is powered by twin turboshaft engines, evidenced by the intakes and exhausts seen on either side. It has a unique loud sound.

Armor

While having average resistance to collisions and its cab provides a slightly better protection from enemies on the ground, it is very vulnerable to 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 set them on fire and explode. A single rocket directly to the fuselage can completely destroy the Annihilator, while a rocket hitting the tail or the main rotor will blast it off or damage the helicopter severely, forcing the player to leave the vehicle before it explodes.

Weaponry

The Annihilator is equipped with four miniguns operated by the pilot, which have devastating firepower against pedestrians and vehicles. However, they are difficult to aim due to the lack of a reticle. While having an infinite amount of ammunition, 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 Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, the miniguns are upgraded with explosive rounds, being even more devastating against most targets. However, the lack of bullet trail makes them even more difficult to aim.

GTA IV Overview


Aircraft Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Take-Off Speed
(0-60 knots in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 99 / 160 / 86 N/A N/A 8500 / 18739
Website Statements
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A Twin turboshaft engines, 4-bladed rotor Middle/Side-mounted Cannot be observed


Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Damage
(per shot)
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
WeaponInfo.xml
1000
2000
36 400 / 1312 750 N/A 3000
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
Lethal ~ 800 RPM
~ 1,700 RPM [?]
Cannot be determined 4 miniguns (unlimited ammo) N/A 3 seconds


Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Damage
(per shot)
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
WeaponInfo.xml
100
200
66 200 / 656 100 N/A 2000
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
Lethal ~ 800 RPM
~ 910 RPM [?]
Cannot be determined 4 miniguns (unlimited ammo) N/A 2 seconds

Grand Theft Auto Online

Vehicle

The Annihilator differs a lot from its predecessor due to the upgraded aircraft mechanics in the game. In terms of performance, the Annihilator is much slower and feels even heavier to handle, being comparable to the Cargobob (as a result of an increased mass). However, unlike in GTA IV, that does not make the helicopter highly uncontrollable, even by travelling with the maximum forward pitch angle, apart that it is one of the steadiest when hovering, indicated by the airspeed indicator. As of the Smuggler's Run Update, rear passengers can rappel down the Annihilator, if the vehicle is held steady at a low altitude.

Again, the helicopter is powered by twin turboshaft engines, which produce a more traditional sound shared with most helicopters, such as the Maverick and the Frogger.

Defense

The Annihilator's low speed, sluggish handling and thin armour makes it hard to compete against most of the other armed aircraft within the game. The helicopter will be destroyed instantly from any standard explosive, but can withstand two to three hits from the Heavy Sniper Mk II equipped with explosive rounds. The helicopter's lock-on "hit box" has been moved lower, making all but hard tracking missiles, such as Deluxo, Ruiner 2000 and Stromberg missiles miss more frequently. The helicopter is also vulnerable to regular bullet damage, and will be destroyed in only ten rounds from the Heavy Sniper. With its poor maneuverability and large frame, the Annihilator is especially vulnerable to jets equipped with explosive rounds such as the Hydra or P-996 LAZER.

Weaponry

Miniguns: The Annihilator is still equipped with four miniguns operated by the pilot as in its previous appearance. However, they fire at a much faster rate and aiming is somewhat easier thanks to the addition of a reticle, but they are reverted back to regular rounds instead of the explosive ones from Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City. They can fire indefinitely without having to reload.

Despite having four miniguns, the weapons deal the same amount of damage as the Buzzard Attack Chopper's two miniguns, due to a damage buff the Buzzard received. The Annihilator's miniguns can fire up to a range of about 600 feet but have a larger split between the two sets of miniguns. Just like the Buzzard, the Annihilator can deal large amounts of damage when sustaining fire, but the weapons' firing paths do not converge, making hitting small targets with all four miniguns difficult.

GTA Online Overview


Aircraft Statistics - Grand Theft Auto Online
Take-Off Speed
(0-60 knots in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Vertical Climb/ Descent Rate
(ft/min)
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta
N/A 99 / 160 / 86 N/A N/A N/A 13000 / 28660 100
Website Statements [?]
N/A N/A N/A Twin engine (Website) N/A N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Airspeed Indicator (Enhanced version)
5.3 Seconds 115 / 185 / 100 300 / 350 Twin turboshaft engines, 4-bladed rotor Middle/Side-mounted Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
Rockstar Games Social Club
Annihilator-GTAO-RSCStats.PNG
Speed
76.751122%
Acceleration
83.928574%
Braking
Agility
75.000008%


Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto Online
Damage
(per shot) [?]
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
Weapons.meta
15 (24)

22.5
30

0.04 180 / 591 750 N/A N/A
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A ~ 1,500 RPM Cannot be determined 4 miniguns (unlimited ammo) N/A N/A
Rockstar Games Social Club [?]
ImageGallery-Placeholder.png
Damage
30%
Fire Rate/Speed
98%
Accuracy
10%
Range
65%
Clip Size
100%

Modifications

Grand Theft Auto Online

This article or section refers to "enhanced version" content in the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC renditions of Grand Theft Auto V and/or Grand Theft Auto Online, that is absent on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions.
For a complete list of the features of the "enhanced" version of Grand Theft Auto V, please see here.
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Upon being converted into a personal aircraft, the Annihilator can only be repainted with a primary color, which covers all of the aircraft's body. The livery cannot be removed, however.

Category Modification
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors
Remove Remove Aircraft

Variants

AnnihilatorStealth-GTAO-front.png
The Annihilator Stealth in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)
Description

The Annihilator Stealth is a stealth variant of the Annihilator, featuring a stealth mode and weaponry similar to the Akula.

Image Gallery

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto Online

Prominent Appearances in Missions

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. However, it can occasionally spawn on the same spots as in GTA IV, though in rare chances.

Multiplayer
  • On top of the police station on the west side of the parking building in Francis International Airport.
  • One can be found at the heliport in the airport, between the two Buzzards.
  • On top of the Tudor Fire Station in Tudor, Alderney.

Grand Theft Auto Online

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

Rewards

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Entering an Annihilator in multiplayer automatically grants the player a Rocket Launcher with eight rounds (like all helicopters).

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Entering an Annihilator will give the player a Sniper Rifle with 10 rounds.

Trivia

General

  • 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 and the Frogger, the Annihilator's camera has a missing lens, only showing a black sphere. 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.
  • Occasionally, the main gear wheels seem to turn when yawing the helicopter to a side for no reason, before correcting themselves when landing it.

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.
  • Like the Police Maverick, it will suffer the same glitch in that if the player obtains a helicopter from the police and leaves the vehicle, it will briefly gain altitude by itself despite there is nobody inside to do so.
  • If the player manages to get on the stub wings or in the tail rudders, they may fall, even if the helicopter is static.
  • 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.

    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. However, due to reused assets with the Maverick and its variants, the main rotor rotates clockwise, defying the purpose of the tail rotor. This was corrected in GTA Online.
  • In the mission Corner Kids (TBoGT), Henrique will mention the helicopter by its name ("Shit. They sent the Annihilator in").

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • The Annihilator is no longer in use by the law enforcement during wanted levels, although it is used by the Military during the mission "On Maneuvers".
    • The Annihilator was originally intended to be used by the NOOSE during wanted levels. Within dispatch.meta, the Annihilator is listed alongside the Police Maverick as air vehicles used by the NOOSE. However, the set of data is not used.[1]
  • 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.
  • Despite only appearing in GTA Online, police scanner audio files still contain the Annihilator as one of the many model names, even though the police scanner is absent in GTA Online.[2]
  • Despite having only four miniguns, handling files still lists a rocket launcher item on it, possibly a leftover data from the Buzzard Attack Chopper.

See Also

References

  1. File Data:
    <Vehicle>
    	<Name>POLICE_HELI_2</Name>
    		<ConditionalVehicleSets>
    			<Item>
    				<ZoneType>VEHICLE_RESPONSE_ARMY_BASE</ZoneType>
    			</Item>
    			<Item>
    				<VehicleModels>
    					<Vehicle>annihilator</Vehicle>
    				</VehicleModels>
    				<PedModels>
    					<Ped>S_M_Y_Swat_01</Ped> 
    				</PedModels>
    			</Item>
    		</ConditionalVehicleSets>
    </Vehicle>
  2. File: x64\audio\sfx\POLICE_SCANNER.rpf\01_model.awc


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