|For its successor, see Hammerhead (Tiberian Twilight).|
|“|| Heavy gunship airborne!|
A curious element of the GDI air arsenal, the Hammerhead is a conventional helicopter, based on transport designs dating back to the 20th century. This is perhaps an extreme example of GDI's trend of returning to old, but extremely reliable technology following the Second Tiberium War. Its speed matches that of an Orca Gunship, allowing for fast deployment.
The Hammerhead is a large ground support aircraft that serves a dual role as both a long range infantry transport, and an anti-infantry gunship. Its central compartment is capable of housing one infantry squad, with sufficient internal space to allow the squad to fire out of the Hammerhead. Promotional materials of the unit claim the helicopter can house an entire regiment, but this is clearly an exaggeration. For loading and unloading infantry, the Hammerhead has to land; initial experiments involving jump-jetting infantry into the Hammerhead's cargo compartment met with unfortunate results.
The Hammerhead is equipped with two intermeshing rotors, giving it immense lift and high stability, as well as twin automatic cannons that can plow through enemy infantry and could be used to clear landing zones from hostiles. The damage capacity of these weapons can be increased with optional Armor-Piercing Ammunition. The amount of ammunition and fuel carried by the Hammerhead is sufficient to allow the aircraft to operate independently for days without refueling or rearming.
However, the Hammerhead's cannons cannot target other air units; so to counter enemy air power, the Hammerhead would need to be loaded with a Missile Squad or Zone Raiders to defend itself against airborne threats. A special version of the Hammerhead was seen guarding the GDI treasury; they had two wing-mounted fog lights that acted as searchlights capable of detecting stealthed units. However, Hammerhead aircraft issued to battlefield commanders do not possess this feature. This forces the commanders to rely on other means of stealth detection, such as Pitbulls and Zone Troopers or Zone Raiders. A Hammerhead loaded with a Zone Raider squad is nearly identical, if not better due to infinite ammo, to a ZOCOM Orca.
|Evacuate||Orders the Hammerhead to evacuate whatever infantry unit it is carrying (Ctrl+A).|
|AP ammo||Provides a significant damage increase to the firepower of the Hammerhead's Vulcan guns, making them a true force on the battlefield (Ctrl+A)||Purchasable at any Command Post for $2000 and takes 1:00 to research.|
|Ceramic armour||Gain a significant degree of protection (Ctrl+S).||Purchasable at ZOCOM Airfield for $1000 and takes 0:30 to research.|
- Lethal against infantry; even heavily-armored infantry stand little chance
- Available to all GDI subfactions
- Has a moderate move speed
- Doesn't need to land for rearming
- Much more cost-effective than Ox transports for airlifting infantry (one-time $1500 vs $500 each pickup)
- Can destroy light vehicles with Armor-Piercing Ammo upgrade
- Loading advanced infantry makes it effective against Epic units
- Garrison capability allows adaptive combat, especially in urban warfare.
- A formidable opponent, especially with armor upgrades
- Heroic Hammerheads, especially with Rocket Squads, are potentially lethal to even AA Vehicles.
- A Nightmare when it comes to mobs of Hammerhead with right composition of infantry garrisoning it each Hammerhead.
- Can outmaneuvered and hard to be targeted by PAC's Swarm, making almost impossible to be killed by PAC.
- All-rounder purposes when loaded with Missile Squads or Zone Raiders (Able to Attack Ground and Air Units)
- Vulnerable when loading infantry
- Virtually helpless against Storm Columns
- Without upgrades or the appropriate infantry, it is weak against vehicles
- Unlike the Nod Venom, cannot attack air units unless loaded with Missile Squads or Zone Raiders
- Expensive; slow to build
- Mantis Drones and Stealth Tanks are extremely effective against it
- Like the Guardian APC, any garrisoned infantry are destroyed with the vehicle.
- ZOCOM Hammerheads, even with the Ceramic Plating upgrade, won't stand a chance when advanced AA are beind fielded.
- Acknowledged (Selected)
- Acknowledged... (Moving)
- Got the Guns
- Moving out...
- Systems Engaged
- Eyes on the ground
- Rudders engaged...
- Where you need me
- Ground support on the way
- Ground Support
- Hammerhead here
- Safety off...
- Getting there
- Watch for flak...
- Target acquired
- Watching your six...
- Death from above
- Free fire...
- Hose them down
- Attack vector engaged...
Behind the scenes Edit
The Hammerhead is functionally similar to the Twinblades. Also, in the real world, the Russian Mi-24 Hind performs an identical role of a troop transport and an attack helicopter. It was added by the makers of Kane's Wrath when they decided that GDI commanders need an equal to the nod venom (as it can stay in battles with out having to rearm)
While the concept artwork for the Hammerhead displays the aircraft capable of carrying missiles, they are never used in-game.