Accession Number : ADA293472

Title :   Exploiting Technology: Should the United States Employ the RAH-66 Comanche to Perform Sead Missions?

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Reider, Bruce J.

PDF Url : ADA293472

Report Date : 19 DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : This monograph discusses employment of the RAH-66 Comanche helicopter to determine whether the United States Army should use it as an asset to perform suppression of enemy air defense (SEAD) missions. The Army does not utilize its aircraft to deliberately seek out and attack enemy air defense systems. The Army relies on the United States Air Force to conduct deliberate SEAD operations. The monograph begins with an introduction to describe the nature of the problem. The next section contains a description of the typical integrated air defense system (lADS) and its specific component weapon types in order to establish a framework for analysis. The purpose of the third section is to determine whether the Comanche is technologically capable of performing SEAD operations. The fourth section consists of a discussion of the tactical feasibility of suppressing enemy air defenses with the Comanche. The fifth section focuses on implications of using the Comanche as a SEAD platform in terms of battlefield responsibilities, doctrine, training and attitudes. The monograph concludes with the answer to the research problem.

Descriptors :   *ATTACK HELICOPTERS, *ARMY PLANNING, *DEFENSE SUPPRESSION, WEAPONS, AIR DEFENSE, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), AIR FORCE, UNITED STATES, INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, BATTLEFIELDS, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, TACTICAL ANALYSIS, ENEMY.

Subject Categories : Helicopters
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE