Attack helicopters from two different units are working together well in operations in Iraq. Unit helicopters from the Apache 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Reg. are joining together with helicopters from the 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment. The 3rd Squadron Helicopters are the Kiowa type Aircraft, and both helicopters are awesome units of combat power.
Both the Kiowa and the Apache helicopter aircraft are designed to be attack aircraft, but previously to the war in Iraq they were not used in tandem as a rule. The Apache helicopter can carry more fuel, and is faster in their maximum airspeed.
“We use both aircraft because they both have positives and negatives, using them together creates a complementary situation that is most beneficial for our ground forces,” said Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Fowler. Colonel Fowler is commander of the 3-17th Cavalry Regiment. “The relationship between the two aircraft units help us maximize aerial coverage potential of the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade,” said Colonel Fowler.
This new system of cross attaching battalion attack helicopters and air cavalry units is one that is showing a lot of promise. It gives each unit the benefit of the advantages of the other, while minimizing any of the shortcomings each has by working as a team.
“Using the Apache attack helicopter, we can remain on station and attack enemy forces to keep coverage for ground forces at the maximum. The Kiowa Warrior helicopters give us great photo recon and provide support while Apaches change station. It’s the best of both worlds,” stated Colonel Fowler.