Joint Army Aviation/Air Force Deep Operations at Night: Is It Tactically Feasible and If So, How?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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This study addresses the feasibility of executing joint deep air operations in a dense Anti-aircraft environment. It identifies some proven tactics and techniques for use in these operations, placing particular emphasis on night operations facilitated by equipment which is currently being tested and fielded. To test the hypothesis that joint deep air operations are feasible in a dense anti-aircraft environment, this study examines it first from a historical perspective. General lessons are drawn from operations conducted from 1945-1973. A more detailed study is made of the Israeli experience in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon, the British and Argentine experiences in the Falklands and the U.S. experiences in Grenada. An indepth analysis of the Soviet air defense artillery ADA network is also done and compared with the current and near term 1990 U.S. technology and tactics to identify weaknesses. Conclusions drawn by this study indicate unequivocally that it is feasible to conduct both fixed wing and helicopter deep operations if these operations are properly planned, prepared and resourced.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics