Accession Number : ADA293406

Title :   The Impact of the Human Dimension on a Three-Man-Crew Tank.

Descriptive Note : Monograph rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Tibbetts, John R.

PDF Url : ADA293406

Report Date : 17 DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 81

Abstract : Nearly every armor force in the world has fielded, is fielding, or is designing a 3-man tank. This paper deliberately steps away from the purely technical argument associated with this effort, It seeks to find out if the United States Army is considering the human dimension and ergonomic factors during the design of a future 3-man-crew tank to adequately address the problems associated with extended operations. The paper begins with an extensive examination of the loader's duties on a tank within the context of extended operations. It examines duties on leader tanks. vehicle security, crew member replacement, and degraded operations to establish a contextual understanding of human dimension issues associated with continuous operations. The second chapter examines the army's MANPRINT effort, the former Soviet Union's human dimension integration effort, compares the Armored Gun System SMMP and ThMP, and concludes with an examination of successful soldier-in- the-loop testing using the MWTB and UCOFT. The third chapter addresses emerging technologies likely to be incorporated into the future main battle tanks, again within the context of continuous operations. The study concludes by introducing a fightability standard for emerging technologies and makes recommendations for improving early user involvement in the development of systems.

Descriptors :   *ARMOR, *HUMANS, *ERGONOMICS, *TANKS(COMBAT VEHICLES), MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), LEADERSHIP, SECURITY, CREWS, OPERATION, USER NEEDS, REPLACEMENT, VEHICLES, GUNS, ARMY, CONTINUITY.

Subject Categories : Armor
      Combat Vehicles
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE