Accession Number : ADA336692

Title :   Distributed Interactive Simulation of Combat.

Corporate Author : OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT WASHINGTON DC

PDF Url : ADA336692

Report Date : SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 83

Abstract : Distributed interactive simulation (DIS) is the linking of aircraft, tank, and other military simulators in diverse locations so that the crew of one simulator can "see," operate with, "shoot" at, or be "destroyed" by the other vehicles being simulated. Command structures can also be simulated. This allows forces to practice and train in situations too costly or risky to practice with real weapons. The simulators are technological descendants of the Link Trainer, the famous flight simulator introduced in 1929. Modem vehicle simulators use electronic digital computers to calculate how instrument indications, visual displays, and sounds should change in response to a user's handling of controls. A prominent trend, over the last decade, has been the increase in the detail and apparent realism with which increasingly affordable computing power can generate and display a scene that a helicopter pilot might see through his canopy or a tank crewman might see through his periscope. The linking of the simulators' computers into a network, using the technologies and standard communications procedures used in the Internet, as well as others, allows each simulator crew to practice teamwork with other crews

Descriptors :   *SIMULATORS, *DISPLAY SYSTEMS, WEAPONS, CONTROL, SIMULATION, POSITION(LOCATION), AIRCRAFT, COMPUTERS, PILOTS, HELICOPTERS, CREWS, COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, FLIGHT SIMULATORS, HANDLING, PERISCOPES, COOPERATION, VISUAL AIDS.

Subject Categories : Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE