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Hammerhead (Kane's Wrath)

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For other uses, see Hammerhead.
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Internal name



CNC3 GDI logo.png GDI
CNCKW Steel Talons Logo.png Steel Talons


Transport gunship


Vulcan cannons
Any garrisoned infantry


Angular deflective



Hit points


Armour type

GDIHammerheadArmor (100% Cannon, 100% Rocket, 100% Grenade, 100% Gun, 1% Sniper)

  • GDIHammerheadCeramicArmor (75% Cannon, 75% Rocket, 75% Grenade, 75% Gun, 1% Sniper) (upgrade)
Transport slots




Build time


Produced by




Ground attack

450 (Gun)

  • 750 (Gun) (upgrade)
Air speed


Attack range


Sight range
  • 350 (vision)
  • 500 (shroud clearing range)

CNCKW AP Ammo Cameo.png AP Ammo
CNCKW Ceramic Armor Cameo.png Ceramic armour (ZOCOM only)


CNCTW Evacuate Cameo.png Evacuate

Heavy gunship airborne!
- Hammerhead

The Hammerhead is a GDI helicopter gunship in Kane's Wrath.

Background[edit | edit source]

A direct descendant of the assault/transport hybrid attack helicopters of the 20th century, the large, heavily-armored Hammerhead was designed for long-range assault and infantry support, to act as a longer range complement to the relatively range-limited Orca[1].

The large central compartment of the Hammerhead can house a squad of infantry, with enough internal maneuverability to allow the unit to fire safely at external threats. For the case of unarmed passengers, the Hammerhead utilizes twin Vulcan cannons to clear the landing space of potential adversaries. Significant additional storage space has been allotted to fuel and ammunition, allowing the Hammerhead to remain in action for days at a time without the need to refuel or rearm.

The high level of customizability of the Hammerhead proved to be an invaluable ally to GDI Commanders on the battlefield, allowing for rapid transport of troops into key combat situations, and beating a hasty retreat when met with overwhelming odds[2].

A special version of the Hammerhead was seen guarding the GDI Treasury: they possessed wing-mounted sensor searchlights capable of detecting stealth units[3].

Abilities[edit | edit source]

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Evacuate Orders the Hammerhead to evacuate whatever infantry unit it is carrying. (Ctrl+A)

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

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AP ammo Provides a significant damage increase to the firepower of the Hammerhead's Vulcan cannons, making them a true force on the battlefield. (Ctrl+A) Purchasable at any Command Post for $2000 and takes 1:00 to research.
CNCKW Ceramic Armor Cameo.png Ceramic Armor

Gain a significant boost to durability. (Ctrl+S)

Purchasable at ZOCOM Airfield for $1000 and takes 0:30 to research.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

When created[edit | edit source]

  • Hammerhead online!
  • Heavy gunship airborne!
  • Systems engaged!

When selected[edit | edit source]

  • Ground support!
  • Acknowledged!
  • Hammerhead here!
  • Got the guns!
  • Where do you need me?

When moving[edit | edit source]

  • Acknowledged!
  • Copy.
  • Getting there.
  • Ground support on the way!
  • Gunship deploy!
  • Watch for flak!
  • Moving out.
  • Rudders engaged.

When ordered to attack[edit | edit source]

  • Watching your six!
  • Attack vector engaged!
  • Safety off.
  • Eyes on the ground!

When attacking[edit | edit source]

  • Death from above!
  • Free fire!
  • Hose them down!
  • Target acquired!

In combat[edit | edit source]

  • Hammerhead engaged!
  • All systems on red!
  • Weapons on full!
  • Zone is hot!

When retreating[edit | edit source]

  • Back to base!
  • Pulling out!
  • RTB!

When crashing[edit | edit source]

  • They got me!
  • She can't take it!
  • System malfunction! No!

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • The Russian Mi-24 Hind performs an identical role of a troop transport and an attack helicopter.
  • Official lore states that the Hammerhead can house a full infantry regiment[2]. A regiment usually consists of more than a thousand soldiers, and even the Mi-26, the largest mass produced helicopter in the world, could only carry 90 troops, so this is most likely a misunderstanding on the developers' part.
  • The Hammerhead was added to Kane's Wrath to give GDI factions a non-rearming, non-slot consuming aircraft, similar to Nod Venoms and Scrin Devastators or Carriers.
  • Even though the Hammerhead's model has rocket pods, they are unusable in the game.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Electronic Arts Los Angeles, Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath. Nod Weaponry, "GDI Hammerhead".
  2. 2.0 2.1 Electronic Arts Los Angeles. 2008-03-12. Kane's Wrath The Hammerhead Unit Spotlight EA Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars - News
  3. Electronic Arts Los Angeles, Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath. Nod mission 6: "All that Glitters".
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