HrcAk47 wrote:lolbow maymay
Nothing hard counters M-84AN like Crotale/Tunguska/Sava/Chaparral A3/Tan Sam hard counters longbow.
The existence of high accuracy 3325 anti-helo means that you can be very careful with the longbow and still lose it if you fly near the wrong treeline. Once the first shot lands, it's a panic/stun, and there's enough time for the followup shot. There's no cover for a longbow to retreat to unless there's a well placed ridgeline. Without stealth, longbow is spotted by VG air optics (almost every 3325 AA), from about 4500 meters away, which gives a comfortable buffer to react.
M-84AN can tank one hit from every non-plane ATGM. If it gets hit once (or even before then, see ATGM launch and start reversing), you retreat into a readily available treeline and disappear. I'm not remotely good, but I lose longbows all the time and M-84AN only if I'm feeling adventurous with one.
"Historical capability wise", I think top of the line thermals and a millimeter-wave mast mounted radar is pretty good justification for being recon. The only helicopter that has better recon equipment (that I can think of), is the Kiowa Warrior with it's mast mounted optics.