Air Conflicts: Vietnam the Helicopters12 Sep 2013 0
Following up on the release of info about fixed-wing jets from earlier this week, today we take a look at the helicopters that are available in Air Conflicts: Vietnam.
During the Vietnam War, helicopters played a key role in attacking jungle positions, along with delivering supplies and providing in-close support for ground troops. In Air Conflicts: Vietnam, coming this fall for PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC, you?ll be able to pilot a variety of helicopters, making full use of their mixed capabilities as you attack enemy positions, rescue downed pilots, deliver troops into battle and much more.
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Vietnam, 1965. A long-simmering conflict escalates into a full-fledged war, and you are about to become a big part of it.
Jump into the cockpit of some of the finest combat aircraft as young Joe Thompson, a newly minted U.S. Air Force pilot. He is brave, talented and ready to do his duty, but his experiences during this war will change him forever.
Air Conflicts: Vietnam is an arcade-styled air-combat game that immerses players in the harrowing skies over Vietnam. Take to the air in screaming fighter jets or grab the controls of devastating helicopter gunships as you shatter enemy encampments with explosive ordinance, decimate North Vietnamese ace fighter squadrons, escort bombers as they deliver their deadly payload, or rescue stranded soldiers and deliver support troops to the ever-changing front lines of the vicious battlefield.
- Live a thrilling wartime narrative. In an epic single-player campaign, filled with heroic moments and the darker side of war, your performance in air combat and support missions drives the story from the initial escalation of tension, through key battles of the Vietnam War and, ultimately, the fall of Saigon.
- Jump into the cockpit for instant action. Pilot and customize more than 20 planes and ? for the first time in the Air Conflict series ? helicopters, including the workhorse UH-1 Iroquois, fire-breathing AH-1 Cobra attack gunships, the devastating F4 Phantom and F104 Starfighter jets, plus fearsome enemy MIG fighter jets.
- Lead your squadron to victory. Command up to four jets or helicopters, maximizing their unique abilities to complete challenging objectives, while earning experience, levelling up and improving your leadership and air combat skills.
- Challenge your friends for air supremacy. Play up to eight online opponents in nail-biting, fast-paced capture-the-flag, deathmatch and team deathmatch air battles.
- Get your groove on. As you test your pilot skills against AI or human opponents, treat your ears to a cool rock soundtrack in the style of vintage Vietnam-era tunes.
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The world?s first attack helicopter, the AH-1 Cobra arrived to the Vietnam War right when it was needed. It (partnered with the UH-1 Iroquois) helped the U.S. Army establish the air mobility concept, and created the air cavalry military branch. Cobras were used extensively during the war, creating and filling combat roles such as CAS (close air support), transport escort and security, and in operations from the Tet Offensive until the end of the war. Even though the Cobra has been officially retired from U.S. Army service, it continues to be used by the U.S. Marine Corps, the USDA Forest Service, and by other nations around the world.
The UH-1 Iroquois was designed to be a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) helicopter for the U.S. Army in the late 1950s. It became one of the most iconic machines man has ever built, not only for its roles during the Vietnam War, but also for its use in every U.S. war since then, ultimately changing how warfare has been conducted across the globe. During the Vietnam War, the UH-1 (Huey) was involved in all manner of combat and non-combat operations, escorted by other helicopters, and sometimes outfitted with door guns and rocket pods. Collectively known as the workhorse of the U.S. Army?s aerial fleet, the UH-1 was often there to get the job done.
The CH-47 Chinook is a helicopter fitting the heavy-lift, transport, supply, and artillery emplacement roles. During the Vietnam War, its heavy-lift capability made it crucial for carrying large equipment loads and single items (such as artillery guns) around the battlefield, to and from places that were difficult to reach otherwise. The Chinook could be outfitted with door guns, which made it especially useful for retrieving downed aircraft crew and equipment.
The OH-58 Kiowa is a light observation helicopter, also used to coordinate direct fire support and utility ops. It was often teamed with the AH-1 Cobra during the Vietnam War as what?s known as a hunter-killer team; the Kiowa would scout for and purposefully draw fire from enemy targets, while the Cobra would strike the targets from a flanking position, often by surprise.
When the U.S. Army transitioned to rotor-wing aircraft in 1964, the OH-6 Cayuse took over the recon and observation roles from the O-1 Bird Dog fixed-wing plane, and continued those roles during the Vietnam War. The OH-6 was a small helicopter with a low profile, which also made it suitable for light combat (outfitted with guns, missiles, or rockets) and escort missions.
CH-53 Sea Stallion
The CH-53 Sea Stallion is another heavy-lift helicopter made for use by the U.S. Marine Corps, as a response to the U.S. Army?s CH-47 Chinook. From January 1969 until the end of the war, the CH-53 recovered more down aircraft than did the CH-54 Tarhe (The Crane), and expanded its use into the U.S. Navy and Air Force.
The Mi-8 Hip was Soviet Union-produced helicopter designed for the assault and transport roles. As one of the most produced helicopters in the world, the North Vietnamese used the Mi-8 in both of those roles.