Proceed with Caution: Helicopter-Borne Air Assaults
By Earl J. Catagnus Jr.
Helicopters provide increased maneuverability to the battlefield as well as an outstanding close air support platform for the infantry.1 But they are extremely vulnerable vehicles for troop transport in
"hot" (hostile) air environments. We have learned much during the long history of helicopter air assault, and it is important that we build on these lessons.