The helicopter is a remarkable tool. It provides mobility to ground forces (really redefined what airmoblie meant), and can provide very effective close in artillery support, in effect. It literally redefines, and then occupies, the high ground.
Unless you are in a range of very high mountains such as the Hindu Kush.
Now you get into the spot where terrain elevations are higher than the operating ceiling of many helicopters. The chopper no longer holds the high ground. The mujaheddin were known to fire shoulder missiles down on Soviet helicopters.
This forces a rethinking of helicopter tactics in high mountains.
Posted on Nov 18, 2001, 3:35 AM from IP address 184.108.40.206