first published on December 20, 2015 by Josh
A squad of Marines make contact with the Taliban in Afghanistan. After they establish fire superiority, and control of the situation, air comes on station to clean up.
You would think that after a while, the Taliban would learn their lesson. They ambush a squad of Marines, and quickly lose the initiative, as the Marines overwhelm them with superior firepower. Soon after the Marines establish dominance in the gun-fight, a mixed section of Marine aviation comes on station to provide support.
Marines employ a variety of aircraft in support of troops on the ground. One of their signature teams is the UH-1Y (Venom), and AH-1Z (Viper). They are part of a program entitled “The H-1 Program.” This mixed section, when employed properly by unit leaders, is a deadly combination comprised of two of the most successful rotary air-attack platforms to exist today.
The executive summary of the H-1 Program reads as follows:
The H-1 Program, comprised of the AH-1Z “Viper” and UH-1Y “Venom,”
extends the proven Cobra and Huey series of aircraft with fully integrated, high-performance, state-of-the-art platforms. Speed, range and
payload have been increased significantly, while supportability demands,
training timelines and total ownership costs have been reduced.
Separately, the AH-1Z and UH-1Y are the most capable attack and utility
helicopters around the globe. When combined, they represent the most
effective and efficient means of accomplishing a wide array of missions,
anywhere in the world.
This statement has been proven one hundred percent true during combat operations in Afghanistan.