Both the United States, the Soviet Union and their respective allies have positioned a great emphasis on Armored and Mechanized formations as the key to winning a significant dispute on a modern-day battlefield. It is a well recognized reality that the Soviet Union and her Warsaw Pact Allies have a great numerical supremacy over the US and NATO forces in these types of devices. The hold-up, disruption, and/or damage of these armored forces has subsequently become a vital concern to US operational coordinators. The attack helicopter has shown itself to be a formidable force versus mechanized forces in dry run and operational tests carried out by both the East and the West. This thesis traces the historical development of the attack helicopter and looks at recent military disputes where it has been utilized as in effective offensive weapon. From these disputes, an analysis of both the efficacy and the imperfections of the attack helicopter as a weapon system has been performed. The thesis examines US attack helicopter teaching as it may be utilized versus Soviet and/or Soviet type forces in the context on Soviet ground and air defense systems, which are recognized to be qualitatively and quantitatively remarkable to those of the US. The evaluation of Soviet air defenses versus helicopters raises numerous questions as to whether US attack helicopters can survive on the contemporary AirLand Battlefield.