The major factor enabling the 1-82 ARB to employ high altitude tactics so effectively was the introduction of the M-TADS. The M-TADS/PNVS provides the aircrew a clear second generation forward looking infrared (FLIR) image at ranges greater than eight kilometers (See Figure l).
The level of combat power unleashed by the capability of the M-TADS not only provided 25th ID senior leadership a tremendously deadly maneuver asset but also significantly increased the levels security and safety for the forces on the ground.
When flying at altitudes above 2,500 feet, the M-TADS provides the aircrew the ability to observe enemy vehicle/weapon types, facial expressions, body language and the actual wires used by insurgents to trigger improvised explosive devices.
Counterarguments: (M-TADS and High Altitude Tactics)
The AH community must combine the fundamental tank killing successes achieved in Operation Desert Storm with the insurgent exploitabiiity learned and gained in OIF/OEF with the M-TADS. Once this evolution is completely implemented and properly standardized throughout Army attack aviation, the ability to surgically strike our future armored enemies becomes limitless.
The staggering achievements experienced when employing the M-TADS in combination with HAT are all the evidence needed to take particular note and standardize this deadly combination.
Surprisingly, even in the tightly knit Apache Longbow community, the recent exploits of the M-TADS are mythical and some of the claims deemed unbelievable.