Toison in AirMobility
1961-1971 (Washington, DC: Governmenr Printing Office, 1973), 1-22.
Believers in airmobility
hailed the campaign as a vindication of that concept, although they were concerned that the helicopter force, and the maintenance and logistics base supporting it, needed strengthening to deal with a likely proliferation of assaults by troops landed, supplied, given fire support, reinforced, and finally withdrawn by helicopter.
To cope with airmobility
weight limits 155 mm systems are usually fitted with 39 calibre barrels, which means that their range with standard ammunition is slightly in excess of 20 km, well enough for such operations.
The 1958 Airmobility
doctrine that called for rapid troops and hardware lift, combined with armed assistance to ground forces (Department of the Army, 1958, pp.
brought them [...] but from there they would go on foot" (155).
The employment of airmobility
, Gavin believed, would transform the battlefield into a three-dimensional nightmare that would overwhelm enemy commanders.
While helicopter technology was still immature, leaders such as General James Gavin believed that airmobility
could reduce this vulnerability.
It was here that a new concept called "airmobility
is also increasingly gaining in importance on the tactical and operational level.