The forward arming and refueling point (FARP) is vital to the success of the aviation combat mission. Attack, air assault, and support aviation units all depend on the FARP to provide fuel and ammunition where and when they are needed. A FARP is a temporary facility—organized, equipped, and deployed by an aviation commander, and normally located in the main battle area closer to the area where operations are being conducted than the aviation unit’s combat service area—to provide fuel and ammunition necessary for the employment of aviation maneuver units in combat. The forward arming and refueling point permits combat aircraft to rapidly refuel and rearm simultaneously.
No aircraft defines the role of close air support better than the Marine AH-1Z Viper. Based on the Vietnam War-era AH-1 Cobra, the AH-1Z Viper is the Marine Corps’ primary rotor-wing ground attack aircraft. The AH-1Z attack helicopter provides rotary wing close air support, anti-armor, armed escort, armed/visual reconnaissance and fire support coordination capabilities under day/night and adverse weather conditions.
This video shows U.S. Marines with the Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) refuel AH-1Z Viper helicopters in a forward arming refueling point (FARP) exercise during Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course 2-17 at Yuma, AZ on April 3, 2017. The FARP exercise is aimed at refueling and rearming aircraft quickly so the attack helicopters can get back in the fight ASAP.
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