During combat operations in Iraq, the grunts wanted Cobras, and the Marine Corps rotary-wing community obliged, providing close air support and armed reconnaissance. Now it is time to evaluate that battlefield performance to make it even better for the next time.
Operation Iraqi Freedom saw the first use since Desert Storm of the AH-IW Super Cobra in sustained combat operations. During that time, the Marine rotary-wing attack community experienced many successes that validated its tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) in support of ground forces during high-tempo combat operations. Operations also highlighted specific concerns relating to rotary-wing close air support, command-and-control challenges of rotary-wing aircraft in general, and the influence of prehostilities psychological operations during combat.