The Enhanced Gunship Firing Capability
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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During the Vietnam conflict, the United States conceived, developed, and implemented the combat rendezvous program. The two essential elements of this program, the fixed wing gunship and the x-band ground transponder beacon, enabled the USAF to deliver safe, sustained, and effective aerial fire on enemy ground forces in close proximity to friendly forces even when both forces were invisible from the air. The essay is a summary of the combat rendezvous program specifically addressing the utility and effectiveness of the gunship beacon off- set firing techniques, the problems associated with this technique, and recommended solutions to these problems.
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft
- Fire Control and Bombing Systems