Accession Number : ADP004509

Title :   Impact of Future Aircombat Characteristics on Pilot Performance and Cockpit Design,

Corporate Author : MESSERSCHMITT-BOELKOW-BLOHM G M B H MUNICH (GERMANY F R)

Personal Author(s) : Richter,K. D.

Report Date : NOV 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : Future medium- and short-range weapons are expected to change aircombat characteristics significantly. Medium-range (MR) weapon technology and performance will force a supersonic maneuvering type aircombat with sustained energy as well as highly dynamic character in terms of climb/descent rates and spatial position changes. All-aspect capabilities of new short-range (SR) weapons will establish their employment from head-on, at least frontal hemisphere positions. The SR-aircombat is characterized by instantaneous maneuvering and is drifting to lower speeds and lower loadfactor levels. The MR head-down aircombat is expected to influence pilot performance to a large degree and pose problems concerning; spatial disorientation; manual versus automatic maneuvering, degree of automation; aircraft performance monitoring and mental processing of tactical situation information. Solution requirements are postulated to divide human and system tasks. System automation and integration is discussed to reduce pilot workload and create a time margin for qualified decision-making. A tactical Information & Command System is discussed and a tactical displays layout proposed.

Descriptors :   *HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, *COCKPITS, *PILOTS, *PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), *MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, WEAPONS, AERIAL WARFARE, FLIGHT MANEUVERS, SUPERSONIC FLIGHT, ORIENTATION(DIRECTION), AUTOMATION, MANUAL OPERATION, MONITORING, DECISION MAKING, FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, SYMPOSIA

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE