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The attack-reconnaissance squadron as a new formula and a new quality of the attack helicopter squadron of the Polish Armed Forces


[ 1 ] Wydział Wojskowy, Akademia Sztuki Wojennej | [ P ] employee

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Security and Defence Quarterly

Journal year: 2023 | Journal volume: vol. 41 | Journal number: no. 1

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scientific article

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  • Army aviation
  • Attack helicopter squadron
  • Attack-reconnaissance squadron
  • Large scale combat operations
  • Dywizjon szturmowo-rozpoznawczy
  • Działania operacyjne
  • Eskadra
  • Lotnictwo wojskowe
  • Śmigłowce szturmowe

EN This paper takes a comprehensive look at the current state of army aviation attack helicopter squadrons of the Polish Armed Forces. The aim of the article is to present a concept for the functioning of the attack reconnaissance squadrons of the Polish Armed Forces, which takes into account the identified requirements of the Land Forces of the Polish Armed Forces in relation to army aviation on the battlefield and the current limitations in the functioning of the attack helicopter squadrons of the Polish Armed Forces. To meet this aim, qualitative research included interviewing, observation and the collection and qualitative analysis of texts and documents. The study revealed that it is necessary to organise attack-reconnaissance squadrons with a modular organisational structure including: a headquarters, a command company, three attack-reconnaissance companies, an aviation maintenance company and a supply company, capable of conducting autonomous operations in independent directions (areas). The squadrons should be equipped with new attack-reconnaissance helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles as well as equipment for their technical and logistical support that will be part of their individual subunits. The results of the research are the basis for further, in-depth research on the issue of improving the functioning of attack helicopter squadrons, so that they are fully capable of supporting the land forces of the Polish Armed Forces in large scale combat operations.

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