AIRMOBILE COMPANY IN COUNTERINSURGENCY OPERATIONS
ARMY CONCEPT TEAM IN VIETNAM APO SAN FRANCISCO 96384
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From 15 October 1963 to 15 February 1964, the Army Concept Team in Vietnam ACTIV conducted an evaluation of the airmobile company light TOE-1- 77E draft during counterinsurgency operations in the Republic of Vietnam. Data upon which the evaluation is based were produced by three airmobile companies the 114th, the 118th, and the 119th, each having assigned 25 UH-1B helicopters. Aircraft of these companies flew a total of 37,294 sorties, 16,696.7 hours, and carried 44,602 troops and passengers and 533.1 tons of cargo between 17 October 1963 and 6 February 1964. The companies performed 43 combat assaults and 23 eagle flights, carrying 13,522 troops into 130 assault landing zones. Since each of the airmobile companies was located in a different geographical area of Vietnam, data were obtained during mountain, jungle, and delta operations. No mission was conducted solely or primarily for the purpose of providing evaluation data. The evaluation revealed a requirement for a rocket which possesses a greater casualty producing effect than the 2.75-in. rocket now in use, and which has a greater variety of warheads and fuzes. It also reflected a requirement for an armed and armored helicopter. The evaluation indicates that the airmobile concept is appropriate for counterinsurgency warfare in Vietnam.
- Unconventional Warfare