Accession Number:

ADA091584

Title:

Attack Helicopter Employment Options.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1980-06-06

Pagination or Media Count:

97.0

Abstract:

Using qualitative methods, this thesis summarizes the present capability of the attack helicopter to operate effectively in a battlefield environment characterized by intense, sophisticated air defense. Given the demonstrated survivability, options for employment of attack helicopters should be expanded to include aggressive, decisive employment against critical targets behind the enemy forward positions. Chapter VI of the thesis discusses the expanded options in some detail. The thesis also proposes that the Armys organizational basis for attack helicopter doctrinetactics is inadequate and lacks necessary unity the question of an Aviation Branch should be re-examined. Also, the present division of rolesmissions between the Army and Air Force may be counter-productive to development of effective, comprehensive battlefield aviation employment doctrine. Current US Army attack helicopter doctrine is not complete. The thesis demonstrates that the tank-killing helicopter mission paramount in current doctrine is not the only appropriate role in fact, it is probably not the best role. Attack helicopter capabilities far exceed the operational requirements reflected in current doctrine. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Helicopters
  • Antiaircraft Defense Systems
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE