Helicopter Masking Analysis,
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS (ARMY) WASHINGTON D C ENGINEER STUDIES GROUP
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The successful employment of a helicopter-borne TOW missile system is partially dependent on the availability of masks to conceal the approach to, and withdrawal from, firing positions. In this regard the Engineer Strategic Studies Group ESSG has evaluated terrain in the USAREURSeventh Army area to determine the availability of masks for attack helicopters using pop-up tactics. Since the procedure used the first ESSG action was essentially duplicated in the second, this paper will discuss in detail only the two procedures used in the second action. The following discussion is devoted to an explanation of the two procedures used and results obtained, a comparison of the two procedures and, finally, the effect of using forests and built-up areas as masks. For convenience the two procedures have been identified as a point-by-point analysis and a continuous frontal analysis.