Joint Attack Pathfinder Maneuver Air Support Teams 2005
To prepare for the fast-moving battlefield situations of WW2, the German Army had WW1 Ace Fieseler design a small, light fixed-wing airplane that could land without need of runways to co-locate itself with their blitzkrieg tank forces (panzers). The Fi-156 “Storch” to this day is a remarkable plane that can take off in under 150 feet and land in under 50, the world’s first STOL aircraft! The Fi- 156’s wings could fold so it could be towed on a trailer or using its own landing gear. Fi-156s were so great they were built after the war, too! The 3,000 German Fi-156s gave Rommel a birds’ eye view of his battles, saved downed pilots, rescued Mussolini in a commando raid, flew wounded men back to hospitals, in desert, mud, snow... Fi-156 Storch F-8 BearcatAfter the war, the French built Fi-156s and towed folding wingfighter-bombers into action in Indo-China for air support
During WW2, Korea and Vietnam, U.S. Army/marine forceshad light liaison aircraft that could be co-located withthem on the ground with folding wings and could be towedby trucks (today UAVs move by trailer), were very simple tomaintain to fly continuously overhead and report backenemy activities for artillery barrages, aircraft strikes andtheir own decisive “Maneuver Air Support” (MAS) with lightweaponry before enemy could flee; Cessna (L-19) O-1 BirdDog light plane could take off and land in a football field butwas slow (100 mph), unarmored and unable to defend itself... Here an Army Grasshopper plane is put on back of a truck and taken to a ship where it will launch off a small deck for the invasion of North Africa Major Strong’s excellent account of Bird Dogs in Vietnam War: www.strongware.com/23
Bird Dog replacement: OV-1 Mohawks can short-take-off andland under 1,000 feet like O-1 but faster (300 mph), armed &armored: the ultimate “Grasshopper” liaison aircraft formodern, non-linear battlefields! Mohawks were so successful they were taken from troops and made into surveillance platforms flown from air bases far to rear; helicopters are too difficult to keep flying, noisy, slow; UAVs lack peripheral vision and investigative instinct = result U.S. troops no longer have Maneuver Air Support!
Any flat surface 400 feet or moreOV-1 Mohawks can land & take off from to beco-located with ground maneuver units and actas liaison--direct coordination insures understanding Real World Imagery from Iraq
OV-1 Mohawks are designed to be operated from field environment notairfields to be responsive to troops and remain overhead continuously This easy-to-maintain MAS capability yet to be fully exploited!
Attack: Human Airborne Forward Air Controllers (AFACs)in OV-1 Mohawks have excellent visibility to investigatesigns of enemy activity and down-link live video imagery toPathfinders below who can coordinate air strikes and/orground maneuver from M113 Gavin light tracked armoredfighting vehicles
As video imagery is fed down to Ground FAC Pathfindersbelow; objects of interest can be safely investigated byhuman observers in the air before lethal fires are bought tobear: preventing fratricide “I See a suspicious bus on your video feed, should you attack it?”
“We see a mortar in a courtyard!” “Engage! Its not ours!”
Attack Element can hit enemiesbefore they can run since OV-1carries light armaments; can alsodirect GFAC Pathfinders to lasertarget designate for other strikeaircraft with heavier ordnance tobe brought to bear…air helpsthose on ground and groundhelps air = TEAMWORK!
Other Capabilities: Mohawks can drop supply pods to units in needof ammunition, food, water, radios medical items with greatprecision…can fight way through enemy opposition to sustain ourmen, during Army’s 3rd ID’s “Thunder Run” into Baghdad this couldhave helped greatly...
OV-1 Mohawk Towing Parameters: once on the ground,they don’t need airbases; can be parked alongside tacticalground vehicles until needed…troops always have MAS 48 feet 22 feet 10 feet 12 feet 12 feet Standard Highways are 12 foot wide
Proposed OV-1 Mohawk wings folded on trailer enhancement At Fort Hood, Texas 5 foot overhang Mohawks were routinely towed on onto opposite trailers when flight lane if only line ops were not planned separated still and they needed to be close to ground units leaves 7 feet to pass 5 foot overhang over road shoulder Lead convoy vehicles screen vehicles ahead like when moving a double-wide motor home
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Joint Attack Pathfinder Team Attack Element Driver Gunner Chief Pilot Observer mechanic mechanic mechanic Pathfinder Element Driver TC/Leader GFAC GFAC Driver TC/AsstL GFAC GFAC
Joint Attack Pathfinder MAS TeamsOperational prototype costsPurchase 2 x OV-1s fr/ USAF AMARC $50KRefurbish to flight status $100KElectro-optical sensors $300KIRCM, Chaff, rockets, gunpods GFEHigh-Mobility Trailer $25KXM1108 Gavin prime mover $400K2 x M113A3 Gavin GFAC TAFVs $200K2 x Laser designators GFE2 x Air/Ground Radio systems GFEFolding Wing Modifications $4, 935K(one time R&D costs)Contract staff for 2 years $400K_______________________________________TOTAL $7.2M