Accession Number : ADA331808

Title :   AH-64D Longbow Helicopter Gunnery Training Strategy.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 4 Aug 96-6 Jun 97,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Williams, John D.

PDF Url : ADA331808

Report Date : 06 JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 124

Abstract : This thesis in an assessment of attack helicopter gunnery training and the adequacy of that training as the Army fields the AH-64D Longbow attack helicopter starting in 1997. The problem confronted by this study is both institutional and unit gunnery training. This thesis is supported by an overview of the current helicopter gunnery training strategy and contains a history of the development of the attack helicopter, as well as the expectations of Aviation Branch in Force XXI. Finally, a comparison of capabilities is conducted between the AH-64A and the AH-64D. The thesis draws several conclusions. First, the current helicopter gunnery training strategy is not acceptable for the Longbow. Second, the gunnery infrastructure is insufficient to assist commanders, analyze trends, and incorporate lessons learned. Third, the training aids and simulators available to the Longbow unit commander will likely be inadequate. The majority of the analysis in this thesis focuses on the human dimension of attack helicopter employment. Army aviators will continue to employ helicopters in combat through the foreseeable future; therefore, training should focus on preparing them for that combat and the uncertainty that will confront them. By focusing on technology, the importance of human strengths and weaknesses may be overlooked.

Descriptors :   *ATTACK HELICOPTERS, *ARMY TRAINING, *AERIAL GUNNERY, LESSONS LEARNED, TRAINING DEVICES, THESES, FLIGHT SIMULATORS.

Subject Categories : Fire Control and Bombing Systems
      Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE