Accession Number : ADA237773


Title :   Attack Helicopter Operations: Art or Science


Descriptive Note : Study project,


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Callen, Jan


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a237773.pdf


Report Date : 13 May 1991


Pagination or Media Count : 35


Abstract : Attack helicopter units provide unmatchable responsiveness to the ground commander. As a result, there is a great tendency to throw them into battle with little or no planning. This reduces attack helicopter effectiveness and increases their vulnerability. Synchronization is key to the success of attack helicopter engagements. The attack battalion commander must synchronize the effort of his helicopters with artillery, close-air support and electronic warfare measures. Synchronization rarely occurs during execution without detailed prior planning. This study outlines a process for planning an attack helicopter engagement. Mission analysis, intelligence preparation of the battlefield, threat templates, weapon's capability/vulnerability analysis and battlefield calculus are all tools that the commander can use to integrate attack helicopters and combat multipliers on the battlefield. Used together, they provide a methodology for wargaming an attack helicopter engagement to determine the best use of all the combat and combat support systems that can be brought to bear on a target. The result is a synchronization of effort in time, space and task to produce maximum combat power.


Descriptors :   *ATTACK HELICOPTERS , ELECTRONIC WARFARE , ARMY AVIATION , ARMY PLANNING , ARTILLERY , MILITARY OPERATIONS , CLOSE SUPPORT


Subject Categories : Helicopters
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE