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ZH Gameicon
Helix
Generals Helix
Unit
Affiliation

China

Role

Multi-role helicopter

Armament
  • Machine gun
  • Gattling Cannon (upgrade)
  • Fire bomb/tactical nuke (upgrade) and a bunker
Protection

Heavy

Properties
Hit points

300

Armour type

Chinook Armor

Production
Cost
  • $1500
  • $2000 (General Kwai)
  • $1750 (Tao)
Build time

0:20

Produced by

China Airfield

Hotkey

X

Combat
Ground attack
  • 6 (Comanche Vulcan) (machine gun)
  • 10 (12.5 with Chain Guns) (Gattling) (gattling cannon)
  • 75 (Explosion) (napalm bomb)
  • 300 (Explosion) (nuclear bomb)
Cooldown

100

Air speed

75 (60 if badly damaged)

Attack range
  • 120 (machine gun)
  • 225 (gattling cannon) (vs. ground)
  • 400 (gattling cannon) (vs. ground)
  • 10 (napalm bomb)
  • 3 (nuclear bomb)
Sight range

200-600

Function
Add-ons
ZH Helix Battle Bunker Icons
Battle Bunker
ZH Helix Gattling Cannon Icons
Gattling Cannon
ZH Helix Speaker Tower Icons
Propaganda Tower
Upgrades
ZH Napalm Bomb Icons
Napalm Bomb
ZH Nuke Bomb Icons
Nuclear Bomb (Tao only)
Abilities
  • Construct addon (Bunker/Gatling Cannon/Speaker Tower)
  • Detects stealth units with Gatling Cannon
ZH Helix Icons
The thunderstorm begins.
- Helix leaving the Airfield

Introduced late in the conflict with the GLA, the Helix helicopter provided China with a highly flexible airborne platform.

Background

Make it worth my time.
- Helix

China's reliance on raw firepower on the ground meant that they lacked speed to pursue the retreating GLA. The GLA would be able to outgun China's faster yet light armoured units such as the Gattling Tank and outrun China's heavier assault tanks. The MiG fighters compensated to some degree but could only pursue so far before returning to rearm. By then the GLA would have retreated too far ahead for a second run. The Helix was developed to withstand a durable amount of anti-air fire and have the speed and flexible firepower needed to harass and destroy the hunted. Dubbed the "Overlord of the skies", it also provided a means of transport to fly in units more quickly to the front lines.

The Helix was by default equipped with a basic machine gun/chaingun similar to the USA Comanche's but was able to transport 5 infantry units, a variable number of vehicles (with the exception Nuke Cannons, as they were too large and heavy to be carried even by the Helix), or a combination of both. Slow moving and heavily armoured for an airborne unit, the Helix was truly comparable to the Overlord Tank, and was so large that it could even transport a single example of the enormous tanks. Unlike the Overlord, the Helix could be constructed without a Propaganda Center, enabling it to be deployed earlier in any conflict.

The Helix could be upgraded in multiple ways accordingly to the role desired.

General Shin Fai had his forces develop a more specialized model called the Assault Helix, loaded with eight infantry who can fire at the enemy below, clear a safe landing zone, land, and attack the enemy.

Abilities

Like a ton of bricks.
- A Helix dropping its napalm or nuclear bomb
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).
ZH Nuke Bomb Icons
Drop Nuke Bomb The Helix drops a nuke bomb into the designated area. Unless ordered to do something else, it will keep bombing the same spot with nuke bombs. The Helix doesn't fire its Gattling Cannon while dropping the bomb (it will use its standard machine gun, though). (Tao only)

Upgrades

Unit

The following upgrades are purchased for each individual Helix. Only one may be applied to any single Helix at a time.

ZH Helix Battle Bunker Icons Bunker Helix is most effective as a transport helicopter since its capacity is limited to five men or 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 Helix Gattling Cannon Icons Gattling Cannon Twin Gattling guns supplement the Helix's default weapon that made quick work of light vehicles and infantry, it can also reveal stealth units and buildings, suiting it to Search and Destroy missions. This cost $1200.
ZH Helix Speaker Tower Icons Speaker Tower The Helix turns into a Chinese Air Ambulance which is able to repair and provide medical attention to friendly units in the vicinity, as well as providing a small boost in firing rate to simulate providing additional ammunition. This cost $500.

Base

Gen1 Subliminal Messaging Icons Subliminal Messaging Increases effectiveness of any mounted Propaganda Towers by 25%.

Purchasable from any Propaganda Center for $500.

Weapons

The Napalm Bomb is ready. Hehehe.
- Helix, after getting the Napalm Bomb
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.
ZH Nuke Bomb Icons Nuclear Bomb This upgrade allowed Nuclear Bombs to be dropped directly under the Helix, which after each release there would be a short recharge time. This cost $800 (General Tsing Shi Tao only).

Game unit

Strategy

Punish them!
- Helix in combat

Perhaps the most useful Helix upgrade was the Battle Bunker upgrade, in spite of the fact that it removed the Helix's capacity to transport vehicles, as it turned the Helix into a very useful weapon to counter early tank rushes, particularly by inexperienced generals who may have forgotten to supplement their tanks with anti-air protection. Tank Hunters could fire upon both tanks and aircraft from within. This flying bunker could also prove deadly against structures. For those who wished to use their Helixes for tactical redeployment of units, the Gatling Cannon was a good option, providing some protection against lightly-armored anti-air units.

Counters

Heh, more room for weapons.
- Helix dropping off its cargo

While being a rather sturdy aircraft, the Helix was also large and relatively slow-moving. This meant that while it could shoulder a heavier amount of anti-aircraft fire it was a very easy target, especially when damaged. Stinger Sites and Patriots in particular were useful for taking it down. General Alexander's EMP Patriots were nearly unapproachable because of their EMP capabilities. It was a poor match for concentrated anti-aircraft fire. Aircraft such as the Raptor could defeat them easily thanks to their high speed.

Assessment

Pros

  • A much larger and armed version of Chinook
  • Can carry infantry and most vehicles, even the Overlord!
  • Like the Overlord, it can be upgraded with Chinese defense structures
  • Napalm/Nuke Bomb allow Helix to be a ground control unit, especially on some spare supply zones
  • The Napalm/Nuke Bomb is effective against ground units and buildings if used offensively

Cons

  • Quite expensive, at $1500 ($300 more than Chinook); General Tao and Kwai's variants are more expensive, at $1750 and $2000 respectively
  • Slower than Chinook
  • Cannot carry the Nuke Cannon
  • Relatively fragile and vulnerable to anti-aircraft units
  • Vehicles cannot fire out of the Helix, even with the Bunker upgrade installed
  • Cannot attack aircraft even with the Gattling Cannon upgrade installed

Selected Quotes

The thunderstorm begins.
- When emerging from the Airfield
Helix on the scene.
- When selected
We're going to ruin somebody's day.
- When selected
Yeah, what?
- When selected
What do you have in mind?
- When selected
Make it worth my time.
- When selected
Let's haul these guns.
- When moving
You have a target for me?
- When moving
Take it over there for now.
- When moving
Making a fly-by.
- When moving
Something down there?
- When moving
It's our turn.
- When ordered to attack or drop a Napalm/Nuke Bomb
Who are they?
- When ordered to attack or drop a Napalm/Nuke Bomb
Punish them.
- When ordered to attack or drop a Napalm/Nuke Bomb
Load the guns, now.
- When ordered to attack or drop a Napalm/Nuke Bomb
Pull no stops.
- When ordered to attack or drop a Napalm/Nuke Bomb
Like a ton of bricks.
- When ordered to attack or drop a Napalm/Nuke Bomb
They looked so small from up here...!
- When ordered to attack or drop a Napalm/Nuke Bomb
Get out there and take care of business.
- When unloading
Come back when you are ready for some more.
- When unloading
Heh, more room for weapons.
- When unloading
Install the Bunker.
- When upgrading with Bunker
Get the Speaker Tower ready.
- When upgrading with Speaker Tower
Prepare the Gattling Cannon.
- When upgrading with Gattling Cannon
Make room for the Napalm Bomb!
- When upgrading with Napalm Bomb
Make room for the Nuclear Bomb!
- General Tao's variant, when upgrading with Nuclear Bomb
The Bunker is ready.
- When the Helix's Bunker upgrade is completed
The Speaker Tower is ready.
- When the Helix's Speaker Tower upgrade is completed
The Gattling Cannon is ready.
- When the Helix's Gattling Cannon upgrade is completed
The Napalm Bomb is ready. He he he.
- When the Helix's Napalm Bomb upgrade is completed
The Nuclear Bomb is ready. Ha ha ha.
- General Tao's variant, when the Helix's Nuclear Bomb upgrade is completed

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Helix resembles an over-sized version of the real-life Kamov Ka-27 (NATO reporting name Helix), a Russian anti-submarine helicopter.
  • Originally, the Helix was supposed to lose its minigun when upgrade it with the Gattling gun. This is the reason why the minigun is a sub-object in the model which can be hidden and also why the Helix has an upgraded weapon set that is identical to the normal one. It was likely changed because it did not make any sense and because the Gatling Cannon is not a true upgrade (it needs to spin up while the minigun can fire right away).
  • The Helix was supposed to drop a pair of napalm bombs; in the final game it will only deploy one.
  • There are unused versions of the Helix for Nuke General. The only significant difference in these is that the Chinese red star is replaced by a radiation symbol.
  • Some of the quotes of the Helix is used by the Shadow Tank in Mental Omega 2.0.

See also

China People's Republic of China First GLA War Arsenal China

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