Accession Number : ADP000603

Title :   Helicopter Masking Analysis,

Corporate Author : OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS (ARMY) WASHINGTON D C ENGINEER STUDIES GROUP

Personal Author(s) : Cooper,Gerald E. ; Dunn,Bruce

Report Date : 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : 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 USAREUR/Seventh 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.

Descriptors :   *Army operations, *Helicopters, *Flight maneuvers, *Terrain masking, Topography, Mapping, Line of sight, Range(Distance), Weapon delivery, Antitank ammunition, Military tactics, Survival(General), Operations research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE