Accession Number : ADA292806

Title :   A Simulation-Based Evaluation of a Force Protection System: Soldier Performance, Training Requirements, and Soldier-Machine Interface Considerations.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 93-Oct 94,

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Elliot, Gary S. ; Wong, Dennis T. ; Dreby, Conrad A. ; Jarboe, Joseph E.

PDF Url : ADA292806

Report Date : FEB 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 373

Abstract : This soldier-in-the-loop evaluation, part of Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center's (TARDEC's) ongoing hit-avoidance research effort, used a simulated prototype Vehicle Integrated Defense System (VIDS) as its conceptual protection system. VIDS is composed of a system of sensors and countermeasures and a counterfire system regulated by an artificial intelligence module to assist the operator to defend the vehicle. Platoon combat survivability and lethality while using the M1 tank with and without VIDS was examined. Research objectives were to (a) determine if VIDS enhanced platoon combat operational effectiveness, (b) determine the optimal VIDS configuration, (c) identify future training requirements and soldier-machine interface issues, and (d) identify impacts on tactics, techniques, and procedures. Four platoons operated baseline M1s and four progressively arrayed VIDS-configured tanks in repeated realistic combat engagements in bi-weekly evaluation sessions. Findings indicated VIDS-equipped platoons survived significantly better and progressive additions of sensors and countermeasures enhanced platoon survivability.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, *ARMY TRAINING, *PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), *INTERFACES, *PROTECTION, *MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, TEST AND EVALUATION, REQUIREMENTS, SIMULATION, WARFARE, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, DETECTORS, IMPACT, SURVIVABILITY, TRAINING, ARMY PERSONNEL, MODULAR CONSTRUCTION, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, ENGINEERING, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, LETHALITY, MILITARY TACTICS, COUNTERMEASURES, AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENTS, GUNFIRE, PLATOON LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Defense Systems
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE