Air to Air Helicopter Combat (USMC Helicopters versus Russian HIND)
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The Soviets possess a formidable new threat with the HIND armed helicopter and it is capable of performing an air to air role against other helicopters in any future conflict. This paper examines the problem and provides a cookbook of actionstactics that should or should not be considered when a US Marine helicopter unit is deployed for combat operations where the enemy possesses Russian HIND D helicopters. It also makes recommendations for improved armament, training, and more attack helicopters. In addition, future design recommendations are made. Data was gathered using the literature search, personal interviews with weaponstactics development pilots at Yuma, AZ, and with design engineers at Sikorsky Aircraft. The full environment is covered including avoidance of detection, basic evasive tactics, and use of escorts and supporting arms. A checklist of fifteen items for use when operating a HIND D environment is developed. The Marine Corps should also take the following actions increase the overall number of attack helicopter squadrons and arm them with a better gun system and some air to air missiles perform necessary RD and training to arm transport helicopters each with two air to air missiles for survival and, if employed in a HIND environment, attach the missiles and train fixed wing attack aircraft in killing enemy helicopters.
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft
- Unconventional Warfare