Since the early 1960s, the US military has proposed a number of helicopter weapon subsystems. These systems are used for combined offensive and defensive purposes and use a variety of weapons including but not limited to flush guns, launchers, automatic grenade launchers. combined with missiles. Various systems are still in operation, although many of them are outdated.
The helicopter has brought a lot to the modern battlefield, spawning new strategies and tactics, and nullifying its expertise. In the air, in case of problems on land and at sea, helicopters can be used for attack, defense and movement in order to quickly respond to the changing tactical conditions of modern combat.
The United States was one of the first to experiment with helicopters, but, unfortunately, they were in no hurry to fully exploit the capabilities of warships. A thousand helicopters were decommissioned and lasted until the early 1940s. The experience of the Korean War prompted further experiments with the idea of airborne technology and, in 1962, armed Helicopters in terms of attack and defense. This year, UTTHCO (Utility Tactical Transport Helicopter Company) was deployed for the needs of the South Vietnamese military and to test a new airborne theory. The weapons used by UTTHCO were often primitive, made from parts and weapons readily available in the field.
By 1965, a true mobile air unit, the 17th Cavalry Regiment, was deployed across most of the United States and began to use slightly more standardized weaponry. Throughout the American involvement in Vietnam, the US Army, US Marine Corps, and US Air Force are likely to deploy and develop various weapon systems designed for a wide range of helicopters and open a new path to pave the way for more specialized combat. helicopters.
With the advent of specialized gun-type helicopters such as the AH-1 Cobra (since 1967) and later the AH-64 Apache, weapons subsystems for non-specific types will be phased out, mainly with defensive kitsweapons. . Packages like these, heavily armed with very small or mostly transport helicopters, should become popular in second and last world countries that don’t have enough money for dedicated attack helicopters. Most of these systems bear some resemblance to many of the American systems described in this article.
This was the list system advocated by the US military: