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"Whether you're - off the record - planning a military coup or just looking for an extravagant party entrance, rappelling from the belly of the Annihilator can be as stealthy or showy as you choose."
Warstock Cache & Carry description.

The Western Company[1] Annihilator Stealth is a stealth attack/transport helicopter featured in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of The Cayo Perico Heist update.

Design

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The vehicle is essentially a stealth-modified variant of the Annihilator, resembling a stealth prototype of a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk.

The vehicle shares a similar profile and layout to the regular Annihilator, but features a more angular design similar to the Akula. The front of the aircraft features a sighting unit on the nose in place of the Annihilator's searchlight/camera, an angular windshield and small hatches for the retractable landing gear, while the main body of the aircraft has large sliding doors for the rear bay, side steps, enclosed engine compartments and a taller upper section with a modified 4-blade main rotor and what seems to be a noise-reduction rotor hub. The tail boom is mostly angular in design and features long tail fins, a tall rudder and a small 4-bladed tail rotor, together with a noise-reduction hub on it. Various military markings can be seen around the vehicle, including "United States Army" and "Marines" decals on the tail boom and rear doors, respectively. The aircraft features two folding stub wings with two 20mm M197 Vulcan miniguns, and may have additional stub wings to carry missile pods (if equipped with a secondary weapon).

The interior of the aircraft uses the same "Flyer" dial set and textures from the regular Annihilator, along with an ample rear bay able to carry four passengers. Rear passengers can rappel down when the aircraft is steady in a low altitude.

The vehicle can be painted with a primary color for the body and a secondary color for part of the nose and the lower surfaces of the fuselage, tail boom and horizontal fins. It uses standard industrial wheels also used on the regular Annihilator.

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Performance

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Vehicle

Like most aircraft, the Annihilator Stealth is powered by two turboshaft engines, emitting the same rotor sound as the regular Annihilator.

Similarly to the Annihilator, it has a carrying capacity of 6 players (4 in the hold, 2 pilots). Passengers currently seated in the open hold will be able to rappel by holding spacebar, allowing them to land in areas where the Annihilator Stealth usually can't but at the cost of immobilizing the helicopter in place during the rappelling process.

Much like the Annihilator, if stealth mode is deactivated, the passengers can fire most of their weapons such as assault rifles, light machine guns, sniper rifles and RPG at the side door. The co-pilot is able to utilize drive-by weapons but not throw explosives.

Defense

The Annihilator Stealth's durability is identical to other civilian helicopters. It requires only a single homing rocket to destroy the vehicle or 7 explosive rounds from the Heavy Sniper Mk II. Against small arms fire, the Annihilator Stealth will quickly begin to smoke when exposed to constant gunfire and will quickly shut down and lose power to the engines with sufficient damage.

The most notable feature of the vehicle is its stealth mode identical to the Akula, which allows the entire crew to navigate around the map without being spotted by enemy radars, making it useful for surprise attacks and getaways. Enabling stealth mode also reduces the pilot's wanted level to 2 stars if the pilot has 3 or more stars. However, its weapons are disabled for the pilot and the rear passengers during the stealth mode. In addition, cloaking the Annihilator Stealth does not protect it from a Galaxy Super Yacht's defense system, the Weazel News TV spectator channel or being spotted by the Orbital Cannon surveillance system. Also, most homing weapons are still able to lock onto it. Combined with the lack of countermeasures, the pilot must be careful or skillful enough to dodge enemy missiles.

Passengers can use the Flare Gun to redirect rockets that are locked on to the Annihilator Stealth, if timed properly, however.

When stealth mode is enabled, it will hide the aircraft from the minimap along with all items carried by the occupants, an ability also shared with the Akula. These include:

Weaponry

Like the Akula, the Annihilator features an array of weapons available for use by the pilot:

  • Machine Guns: Two .50 caliber Miniguns, which can be operated in the same way as in an Akula and a Buzzard Attack Chopper, having longer range, but suffering a significantly reduced firing rate. While the bullets individually deal the same damage, the slower firing rate significantly reduces the overall damage output. When not in stealth, the wings are opened up to align the guns and when entering stealth mode, the wings will fold back to the vehicle. If the wings are damaged enough, they will start dangling and the helicopter cannot enable/disable stealth mode.
  • Similar to the Akula and unlike most aircraft, the pilot must choose to either equip either barrage missiles (technically rockets) or homing missiles;
    • Barrage Missiles: The barrage missile pods behave similarly to those of the Akula and the FH-1 Hunter sharing the same range and damage, but having a smaller blast radius. Also, the Annihilator can only fire up to four missiles in a barrage like the Akula, compared to the Hunter's seven. After firing a full volley, the pilot must wait for a short cooldown. If a full barrage is not fired, the pilot must either switch weapons or fire the remaining missiles before the "reload" cooldown is triggered.
    • Homing Missiles: Functioning much like most other homing missiles in most regards, these anti-vehicle weapons also have no "reload" cooldown (unlike the FH-1 Hunter, Savage, or Pyro). In addition, the Annihilator Stealth's homing missiles have the same missile tracking as the Homing Launcher, making them more likely to hit their target but at the cost of a shorter lock-on range.

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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 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Website Statements [?]
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Airspeed Indicator (Enhanced version)
N/A N/A N/A Twin Turboshaft engines, 4-bladed rotor Middle Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Speed
91.024139%
Acceleration
96.428581%
Braking
Agility
76.145203%

Modifications

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Category Modification Cost Image
Armor No Armor $1,000
Armor Upgrade 20% $7,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $12,000
Armor Upgrade 60% $20,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $35,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $50,000
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $12,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $18,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $33,500
Handling Stock Handling $1,000
Smooth Handling $20,000
Sport Handling $27,000
Race Handling $35,000
Livery None $11,400
Basic Camo $18,240
Zancudo Camo $19,380
Sprayed Camo $20,520
3 Color Outline $21,660
90s Sandbox $22,800
Modern 5 Color $23,370
Arid Theater $23,939
Winter Camo $24,510
Urban Warrior $25,080
Nature Reserve* $25,650
Naval Battle* $26,220
Urban Geometric* $26,789
Coyote Geometric* $27,360
Large Geometric* $27,930
Naval Geometric* $28,500
Desert Fractal* $29,070
Urban Fractal* $29,639
Large Digital* $30,210
Medium Digital* $30,780
Small Digital* $31,350
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors -
Secondary Weapons No Secondary Weapons $700
Mounted Missile Barrage $300,000
Mounted Homing Missiles $325,000
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* Denotes items that can only be unlocked for purchase via research in the Bunker property.

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Locations

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  • Available for purchase on Warstock Cache & Carry for $3,870,000 or for $2,902,500 after completing the The Cayo Perico Heist as the heist leader and using it as the approach vehicle, provided the player already owns a Hangar.
    • It is classed as a Small Aircraft inside the Hangar.

Trivia

  • In front of the rear doors of the helicopter is a typo; it reads "EMERGENCY ALLOWAVLE LIMIT: 18000KG" instead of "EMERGENCY ALLOWABLE LIMIT: 18000KG"

See Also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Not directly referred in game, but based on the Annihilator, a Western Company aircraft. Officially confirmed on the Newswire when on sale during Stunt Week.
  2. Blips-GTAO-AnnihilatorStealth.png Seen when parked or when another player is flying an Annhilator Stealth.


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