Tactical Communications Training Environment for Unmanned Aircraft System Operators
Technical Report,08 May 2014,16 Mar 2016
APTIMA INC WOBURN MA WOBURN United States
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In aviation operations, there is an increased need for effective and efficient opportunities for UAS operators to learn critical communication and teamwork skills. The Night Vision Tactical Trainer - Shadow NVTT-Shadow was developed as a game-based desktop solution to train tactical communications skills for the UAS payload operator. It is intended as supplementary training for U.S. Army 15W Advanced Individual Training Soldiers AIT to learn and practice MUM-T tactical communications skills. NVTT-Shadow combines speech and text recognition, and natural language processing, with a human performance measurement platform to provide interactions, in a nominal mission environment, thereby enabling training of critical voice communication skills. Real-time audio feedback was provided to Soldiers throughout communications with virtual entities. Access to remediation and cumulative performance scores was available via after action reviews. An initial user assessment was conducted at Ft. Huachuca AZ with eight advanced individual training Soldiers and UAS course instructors. The usability testing demonstrated the feasibility of interactive gaming applied to MUM-T tactical communications. Ratings and comments from both students and instructors validated the need as well as mission context, game content, and game relevance.
- Radio Communications
- Computer Programming and Software
- Military Aircraft Operations