Accession Number : AD0452585


Title :   RECONNAISSANCE TECHNIQUES FOR LIGHT OBSERVATION HELICOPTERS IN A SUMMER ENVIRONMENT: A TWO-SIDED FIELD PLAY


Descriptive Note : Technical memo.


Corporate Author : RESEARCH ANALYSIS CORP MCLEAN VA


Personal Author(s) : Hoppes, Harrison N ; Kibel, Barry M ; Woods, Arthur R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/452585.pdf


Report Date : Aug 1964


Pagination or Media Count : 230


Abstract : Helicopter reconnaissance techniques were evaluated against diverse ground complexes in terms of relative acquisition capabilities and helicopter survivability. Two types of reconnaissance missions are envisioned for the 1965- 1975 time frame, the first of which would be a truly high-level area survey of the complete battle area. This might be carried out by fixed-wing aircraft operating at altitudes of 45,000 ft or more. The second type of reconnaissance mission would be battlefield surveillance over forward areas. This might be carried out by unmanned aerial drones, ground reconnaissance elements, fixed-wing aircraft flying at low altitude, or helicopters of an air cavalry troop. In a tank-vs-tank exercise conducted in Germany in July 1962 a single helicopter was tactically employed as support to one of the tank forces. Although no conclusions were drawn from this limited activity, the exercise did suggest some interesting implications on the tactical use of helicopters and served as a feasibility study for the work presented in this paper.


Descriptors :   *HELICOPTERS , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , DEPLOYMENT , MISSION PROFILES , TARGET ACQUISITION , SURFACE TARGETS , AIR TO SURFACE , MANEUVERS , SURVIVAL(PERSONNEL) , TACTICAL WARFARE , AERIAL RECONNAISSANCE , TERRAIN


Subject Categories : Helicopters


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE