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LZ is hot!
- Nighthawk
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After the end of Second World War, the Allied forces decided that they needed a more versatile and powerful transport helicopter than the outdated CH-47 Chinook. To this end, they developed the Nighthawk, which served the Allies as an armed and armoured aerial transport for special forces, particularly Tanya and SEALs, as well as dignitaries, such as President Dugan.


The Allied Nighthawk Transport was designed to carry troops and spec-ops forces swiftly and safely from bases to an LZ, and also to evacuate Allied forces. To this end, Allied designers equipped the Nighthawk with radar baffling armour, making the unit undetectable by Soviet radar towers. Furthermore, the Nighthawk flies much more quietly than its predecessor. It is equipped with a nose mounted chaingun that was effective against infantry units. The Nighthawk possesses multiple hatches and a main rear hatch that allows it to quickly load and unload infantry.

Being the only air transport capable of being produced in the battlefield, it gave the Allies a huge advantage over its enemies. With the NightHawk, Allied commanders could send infantry swiftly to hard-to-reach areas, such as islands or areas surrounded by cliffs. On some battlefields, these are home to isolated but strategically useful outposts or Tech Buildings, so the NightHawk proved crucial to airlift engineers to capture these places. By contrast, Soviet and Yuri's commanders do not have this capability, so they must rely on ground transport to reach cliffed areas, which depending on the area may take much longer or may be outright impossible if the cliffs completely surround the place, or the Amphibious Transport to reach islands, which are slower and vulnerable to most enemy ships and submarines. Thus, clever Soviet and Yuri's commanders always looked for the opportunity to capture an Allied war factory so the could produce their own NightHawks. This helicopter is not seen in the wars after this one.


The Nighthawk Transport helicopter was used by Allied commanders as a method of quickly deploying special forces units wherever they were needed on the battlefield. It was especially common to deploy Tanya, squads of Navy SEALs or Engineers. As it is stealthed against radar, the Nighthawk can be used to transport units undetected through a gap in the anti-air defenses of an enemy base, then deliver them into the heart of the base.


The Nighthawk is vulnerable to all forms of anti-aircraft fire. Although it can not be detected via radar, the Nighthawk can still be detected visually by enemy base defenses. Lastly, its machine gun was not effective against tanks.

The NightHawk was not seen after the war against Yuri is over.



  • Effective against infantry.
  • Can transport infantry.
  • Undetectable by enemy radar.
  • Can beat a Flak Trooper one-on-one.
  • Can collect Crates (Yuri's Revenge only).


  • Ineffective against vehicles and buildings.
  • Vulnerable to all forms of anti-aircraft fire.
  • Terror Drones can attack them while grounded.
  • Loaded infantry killed upon destruction.
  • If the NightHawk Transport is shot down, it will appear to drop to the ground (as it should) but it will not deal any damage upon death, unlike Harriers and Black Eagles.
  • Cannot collect Crates (Red Alert 2 only).
  • Vulnerable to mind control when landed.

Selected Quotes

Need a lift?
- When selected
Air transport ready
- When selected
Pick'm up, set'm down
- When selected
What's your request?
- When selected
Maneuvers in progress
- When moving
- When moving
Tour underway
- When moving
Visibility clear
- When moving
Fire on sight
- When ordered to attack
Clearing a path
- When ordered to attack
LZ is hot!
- When ordered to attack



Behind the scenes

  • The Nighthawk is voiced by Grant Albrecht, who also voiced the Soviet Rhino heavy tank and the installer voiceover.
  • The Nighthawk resembles a fusion of the CH-46 Sea Knight and the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters, while according to the working name of the unit, "Black Hawk Transport", it would be the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk. Both are used by the United States Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1), a squadron responsible of transportation of the United States President. The Nighthawk in-game has the same role, at the end of Operation: Hail to the Chief, when secret servicemen escorted Dugan to a Nighthawk. HMX-1 is also nicknamed 'The Nighthawks'.
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