Analysis of Phase IIB of FE 43.8.
ARMY COMBINED ARMS COMBAT DEVELOPMENTS ACTIVITY FORT LEAVENWORTH KANS
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The effectiveness of the Scout helicopter employed as an aerial observation platform was determined. Factors used to assess this effectiveness were Scout-to-target range, Scout tactics, target motion, and level of aerial observer training and experience. Variables recorded during the experiment and used for this analysis included observer task times, Scout exposure times, observers artillery fire direction and adjustment errors, and threat forces ability to locate the Scout position. Results of analysis indicate those factors that had a significant effect on the measures of effectiveness and define an optimum operating procedure for artillery fire support missions using the Scout helicopter. Under the most favorable conditions encountered in Phase IIB the aerial observer was exposed to the target an average of approximately 50 seconds in order to successfully complete detection, location, call for fire, and subsequent artillery adjustment.