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Assault Helix
Generals Assault Helix
Unit
Affiliation

China (Fai only)

Base unit

Helix

Role

Assault/transport helicopter

Armament
  • Machine gun
  • Infantry hardpoints and bomb
Protection

Heavy

Properties
Hit points

300

Armour type

Chinook Armor

Production
Cost

1500

Build time

20 seconds

Produced by

Air Field

Hotkey

X

Combat
Ground attack
  • 6 (Comanche Vulcan) (machine gun)
  • 75 (Explosion) (napalm bomb)
Cooldown

100

Air speed

75 (60 if badly damaged)

Attack range
  • 120 (machine gun)
  • 10 (napalm bomb)
Sight range

200-600

Function
Add-ons
ZH Helix Battle Bunker Icons
Battle Bunker
Upgrades
ZH Napalm Bomb Icons
Napalm Bomb
Abilities

Construct Battle bunker

ZH Helix Icons

The Assault Helix was a more specialized variant of the Helix. It was brought into the scene by General Fai.

Background

Come back when you're ready for some more
- Helix, unloading

The default configuration was essentially a Helix upgraded with the Battle Bunker component. The helicopter itself was armed with a single machine-gun and sported medium armour. Its biggest advantage was its ability to have any infantry loaded on, up to eight soldiers, who were then able to fire out from its many ports using their own weapons. For example, a Tank Hunter could fire his rockets at any enemies from the safety of the Assault Helix.

However, due to the nature of the craft and a battle doctrine based solely on infantry, the Assault Helix could not carry vehicles or be upgraded with any of the other Helix upgrades, such as a Speaker Tower or Gatling guns.

Abilities

ZH Napalm Bomb Icons
Drop Napalm Bomb The Helix drops a napalm bomb into the designated area. Unless ordered to do something else, it will keep bombing the same spot with napalm bombs. The Helix doesn't fire its Gattling Cannon while dropping the bomb (it will use its standard machine gun, though).

Upgrades

ZH Helix Battle Bunker Icons Bunker Assault Helix is most effective as a transport helicopter since its capacity is limited to eight men or 3 men and a vehicle. It is effective at delivering fresh troops from the main base to outposts, small bases, or troop columns around the map. Infantry being transported in the Helix may fire from within it. This is best used for clearing enemy units and those out of range of base defenses, giving a respite to the base before delivering the new troops. This cost $400.
ZH Napalm Bomb Icons Napalm Bomb This upgrade allowed Napalm Bombs to be dropped directly under the Helix, which after each release there would be a short recharge time. This cost $800.

Game unit

HA! More room for weapons
- Helix, unloading

Strategy

It is used best when loaded with Tank Hunters allowing it to rapidly destroy tanks and aircraft. Loaded with mini-gunners, it can literally rain down hot lead on any infantry and light vehicles below.

Get out there and take care of business
- Helix, unloading

Counters

To effectively counter this foe, a general would need to build many anti-air platforms such as Quad cannons, Patriots and Gatling Tanks. As with the standard Helix, an Assault Helix without Tank Hunters loaded onboard were easy pickings for fixed-wing aircraft such as Raptors or rogue MiGs.

Even when it was fully loaded with Mini-Gunners and Tank Hunters alike, aircraft can often speed in, shoot down the helicopter, and escape before suffering any significant damage and losses. This was especially the case for King Raptors.

Assessment

Pros

  • A permanent Bunker Style of Helix
  • Carry more than Helix's slots up to as many as Chinook can (8 slots)
  • More durable than original one due to Bunker ability

Cons

  • More vulnerabilities due to fixed upgrade
  • Cannot use as support as Speaker Tower Helix one, and thus it cannot heal on-the-fly either
  • Still cannot carry Nuke Cannon
  • Better than Chinook but far inferior with Combat Chinook in terms of defenses and tactics
  • Though carrying with all mini-gunners can tears most aircraft down, it is still vulnerable to Fighters due to range attack

See also

  • Helix, basic Chinese variant
China People's Republic of China First GLA War Arsenal China

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