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1966 US Army Vietnam War Army Aviation Utilization 85p

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U.S.
ARMY
MILTARy
HISTORY
INSTITUTE
FM
1-100
CARLISLE
BARRACKS,
PA
17013-5008
DEPAR
T.M
ENT
OF
THE
ARMY
FIELD
MANUAL
U.S.
ARMY
MILITARY
HISTORY
INSTITUTE
CARUSLE
BRRACKS
PA
17013-5008
ARMY
AVIATION
UTILIZATION
LIBRARY,
U.S.M.
A.
WEST
POINT,
N. Y,
DEC
2
11966
DOCUMENT
COLLECTION
HEADQUARTERS,
DEPAR
T M EN
T
OF
THE
ARMY
NOVEMBER
1966
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FM
1-100
CI
CHANGE
HEADQUARTERSDAPARTMENT
OF
THE
ARMYNo.
1
WASHINGTON,
D.C.,
10
August
1967
ARMY
AVIATION
UTILIZATION
FM
1-100,
21
November
1966,
is
changed
as
follows:
.. \
Page
25.
Chapter
8
is
supersededas
follows:
CHAPTER
8
ii
DOCTRINE
FOR
EMPLOYMENT
OF
THE
ARMED
H.ELICOPTER
.:h
!
Section
I.
INTRODUCTION
44.
General
a.
Responsive
aerial
firepower
against per-
Armed
army
helicoptersprovide
a
means of
sonnel
and materiel
on
area
or
point type
supplementingand
extending the
fire
support
targets.
capabilitiesavailableto
the ground
com-
b.
Extension
of
the
reconnaissance and
se-
mander.
They
are
not intended to
substitute
curity
capabilities
of
ground
units.
for
ground-based
fire
or
close
air
support.
They
c.
An
additional means
of
target
acquisition,
can
provide
direct
fire
support
to ground
op-
target
marking,
target
fixing,
and
the
means
erations
by
performing
reconnaissanceby
fire,
forinitiating
requests
for
close
air
support
by
by
attacking
enemy
forces
during
airmobile
Air
Force,Navy,and Marine
attack
aircraft.
or
security
operations,andbyproviding
*or-
Armed helicopters
can
be
used
to
augment
the
ganic,highly
mobile
direct
fire
support.
Direct
striking
forceand
to
evaluate
strike
effectsfire
support
can
be
delivered
from
armed
heli-
subsequentto
the attack.
copters
for
self-protection,
for
protection
of
d.
Escort
of
otherhelicopters.ground
convoys
or
helicopters endangeredby
e.
Escort
or overhead
cover
for
ground
con-
hostileground
fires,
and
for
suppressionof
voys.
enemy
fire
in and
around the landing
zone
46.
Fundamentals
of
Employment
during
airmobileoperations.Armed
helicop-
ters
are
capable
of
deliveringboth
area
fire
a. General.
Armedhelicopter
unitssupport
and
point
fire.
Area
fire
is
utilized
in
suppres-
infantry
and armored
units
by
responsive
de-
sion
or neutralization
of
known or
suspected
livery of
aerial
firepowerwhere
it
is
needed.
hostilepositions.
Point
target
fire
is
directed
Command
relationshipsmust
beestablished
against
specific,
identified
points
withthe
in-
prior
to committing
the
armed helicopter
tent
to
destroythe
target.
FM
1-110 contains
force. The
commanderof
an
armed helicopter
a
detaileddiscussionof armedhelicopter
em-
unit,
understanding the tactics
and
employ-
ployment.ment of
each
type ground
unit
and
familiarwith the
plan of action
of
the ground
force,
45.
Capabilities
of
the
Armed
Helicopter
recommends
the
best utilization
of
his
unit
in
Armedhelicopters
can engage
in
offensive,
support
of
this
plan. Based
on
the
final
de-
cision
of
the
ground force
commander,
the
defensive,
reconnaissance,security,
direct
fire
helicopter
unit
commander
the
helicopter
unit
commander
then
executes
his
support,
and
special
operations in
support
of
portion
of
the
plan.The
nature
of
his
inte-
theground
maneuverplan.
The
armed
heli-
grated
tasks
requires
boldness
andaggressive-copter
provides-
ness
in
the
execution
of
his
plan.
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b.
Fire
Team.
The
basic elementis
the
fire
should
expect
diversity
of
task
and
should
be
team
consisting
of two
armed
helicopters.
preparedwith
all
plansand details necessary
When
circumstances
require
and resources
to
overcome or
avoid
terrain
obstacles
and re-
permit,
a
heavy
fire
team consisting
of
threestrictions
to movement
in
the
combat
area.armed helicopters may
be
employed. Only
un-
f.
Flexibility.
Mobile
warfare
dictates
that
der
the
most
extenuating
circumstances
should
combatants
be
capable
of
adapting
their
ac-
a
single
armed helicopter
be
employed.
tions
to
rapidly
changing
situations
on
the
c.
Surprise.
Surprise
is
achievedby
using
battlefield.Armed
helicopter
units,
because
of
the
speed
and
maneuverability
and
firepower
their
excellent
means
of
communications,
high
of
the
helicopter
to
aggressively
attackthe
en-
degree of
mobility, and
variety
of
weapons,emy
at
an
unexpected
time
and
from
an
unex-
are
ideally
suited
for
operations in
this
envi-
pected
direction.
Well
executed
aerial
move-
ronment.
They
are
adaptable
to
rapid
changes
ments
at
low level
using
concealment,
speed,
inattackformations
and
other
engagementand
deception
arethe
key
factors
in providingtechniques
during
a
single
encounter
with
the
the
element
of
surprise.
enemy.
It
is
imnperative
that
an armed
helicop-
ter
mission commander
keep
himselfand his
d.
Fire
and
Maneuver.
Armed
helicopters
superiors
well
informedand
be
able
to
modify
using
a
continuousharass-and-exploit
tech-
hisplans to contributeto
the
success of
the
nique
can have a
damaging
psychological overall
mission. Mission-type
orders
best
per-
effect
on
the
enemy
and
may prove as
destruc-
mit
flexible
response
tochangingconditionstive
to
his
morale as
the
loss
of
men
and
equip-
and
permit
the armed helicopter
mission
com-
ment from
helicopter
fire.
Such
engagements
mander to
modify
his
plans
as
the situation
employ
two
common
features
of
warfare-a
dictates.
base of fire
and
a
maneuvering
force.
The
base
g.
Coordination.
The
use
of
armed
helicop-
of
fire
is
the
element
that
will
restrict
the
ters
in
combat
operation
is
most
effectively
enemy's
ability to
maneuver
duringmy's
he
en-
accomplished
by
aviation
and ground
units
gagement. The
maneuvering
force
is
the
ele-
through
closely
knit
teamwork
that
comes
ment
that
will
attack
and destroy
the
enemy
from
constant association
with
each
other
at
by
fire.
Target characteristics
and
standoff
the
lowest
level.
Armed
helicopter
unit
com-
distance necessary to
avoid
effective
counter- manders
maintain
contact
with
their
ownfire
will
determine
the
type
armament
needed
higher headquarters.
Coordinationis
accom-
by each of
thesehelicopter
elements
for
a plished
in
such a
manner
as
to
prevent
loss
of
given
engagement.
Their
rolesmay
be
inter-
time
in
performingthe
mission.
changed when
the maneuvering
force
com-
pletes
its task
and
becomes
the
new base
of
46.1.
Factors
Affecting
Employment
fire
while
the
old
fire
element
becomes
the
new
a.
General.
Factors
affecting
employment
maneuvering
force. of
armedhelicopters
are
mission,
enemy,
ter-
e.
Mobility.
The
rapidity
of
armed
helicop-
rain
and
weather,
and
troops
and
equipment
ter
unit
movementover obstacles,
the
maneu-(METT).
Commanders
first
consider
each
ver
of
helicopter
firepower
into position to
factor
separately.They
then
weigh
each
factor
destroy
the
enemy,
therapid
concentration
in
the light
of
the
importance
of
the
otherand
prompt
dispersal
of
fire
elements,
and
thefactors pertaining
to
the
specific
mission.
In
ease of convergence
on
asingleobjective
from
many
situations,therelative
importance
as-several
directions
permit
the
employmentof signed
to
each
factor
of METT will
determineconcentrated
firepower
inthe
objective
area
which course of action
will
be
selected.
The
concurrent
with
the
maneuver
of
ground
com-
armed helicopter
unit
and
mission
command-
bat
elements. The
inherent
capability
of
the ers
consider
all
factors inrelation
to
the
helicopter
to overfly
terrain
obstacles
permits
unique
equipment andmissioncapability
of
theassignment
of
multiple
tasks
to
helicopter
their
unit.units
and
also
permits
their
rapid
disengage-
b.
Mission.
The
mission
of
anarmed
helicop-
ment
once
committed.
Therefore,
the
armed
ter
force
falls within the
mission
assigned
to
helicopter
unit
commander
at
every
level
higher headquarters.
The mission,
with
its
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