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AH-33 Topachula
AH-33 Topachula
Vehicle in Just Cause 2
Type Heavy attack helicopter
Weapons Dual miniguns and rocket pods
Rarity Common
List of owners Panau Military
Roaches (at Lembah Firdaus)
The following statistics are from the official strategy guide.
Top Speed 55
Acceleration 55
Armour 65
Handling 60


The AH-33 Topachula is an armed helicopter in Just Cause 2.

AppearanceEdit

The AH-33 Topachula is a gunship best resembling the AH-1Z Viper or the AH-64 Apache with a rear end similar to the RAH-66 Comanche. The cockpit bears a slight resemblance to the Kamov KA-50 Black Shark. It is armed with missile pods and mini guns. It can be found in one of three color schemes, including desert, snow and jungle.

The helicopter has an impossible design and could not actually fly in reality. The reason for this is the lack of the tail rotor. Without a tail rotor, the torque from the main rotor would cause the craft to spin uncontrollably. However, there are two types of real helicopters that do not need a tail rotor, but this helicopter is clearly neither, as those would need other components that are also not present on the AH-33:

  • The first option would be the NOTAR system. See the schematic below in the gallery.
  • The other type would be a second co-axial main rotor that spins in the opposite direction, like the Kamov 27 (link to wikipedia).

The "AH" in this helicopter's name conforms to the US armed forces tri-service designation system.

PerformanceEdit

This helicopter is slightly slower than the Sivirkin 15 Havoc (probably due to its size) but faster than the UH-10 Chippewa. Because of its slow rate of turn, it's best used in ranged attacks against bases. Its dual mini guns can not aim as low as the Havoc's. This makes it difficult for taking out ground troops and small objects. Its takeoff sequence is much more lengthy than those of the other two attack helicopters and you may get shot while waiting for it to complete. The Topachula has the same armor as the Havoc.

Notably, the Topachula can carry a LOT more weight than the Chippewa as it isn't built to carry passengers, yet has large and powerful rotors.

However, it can barely lift a Si-47 Leopard.

This helicopter is good at close and long range attacks on military bases, though the player must descend in order to target low-lying destructible objects when performing close range attacks. It works well for hit-and-run missions, as it can destroy virtually any destructible object within seconds, and can take a significant amount of damage from opposing forces as it makes its rather slow escape. It's very bad at close-range helicopter duels because of its painfully slow rotation speed, but at a distance it can easily lay waste to oncoming aerial forces.

Overall, the Topachula is quite good, especially if the pilot knows how to compensate for its shortcomings.

LocationsEdit

These helicopters are very common in Military bases in Panau.

This Youtube video shows all of its locations: Link.

TriviaEdit

  • If the player gains enough momentum, it's possible to spin around very quickly with this vehicle. The wide, rotor-less tail is also prone to catching onto buildings if the player isn't careful.
  • On the underside of the tail boom, just above the landing skids, there are two small, circular vents. While these appear to be exhaust vents, they aren't, because the vents are on the top of the helicopter, just aft of the engine. These vents appear to be thrusters. When outputting thrust, heat can be seen coming out of these vents.
  • This is one of three vehicles with dual rocket pods. Only the G9 Eclipse has more rocket pods.
  • It is the successor to the Delta MAH-15 Chimaera from Just Cause and predecessor to the Urga Mstitel from Just Cause 3.

GalleryEdit


VideoEdit

Just Cause 2 AH-33 Topachula06:32

Just Cause 2 AH-33 Topachula

Witness the raw firepower of the Topachula.

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