Battlefield Standoff Target Acquisition System (SOTAS): An Example of Enhanced System Effectiveness via Human Engineering.
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DEFENSE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT COLL FORT BELVOIR VA
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Human factors engineering should be applied early in the development cycle of those programs where human performance plays a significant part in the operation and support of the weapon system. In many programs, including SOTAS, effective human performance has been critical in meeting basic mission functional requirements. In SOTAS this need was reflected in the design of a combined manmachine system with sufficiently quick response and high target predictive accuracy to be effective as a target acquisition sensor. Human performance has also been found to be critical in assuring the effective integration of the developmental system into the operating force structure in terms of both operational interfacing and cost. Philosophy and procedures which have been successfully used in the SOTAS program to incorporate human factors engineering into a balanced approach for meeting mission objectives are reviewed. By summarizing these philosophies and procedures it is hoped that some practical guidance can be obtained and applied in other programs where human performance is critical to success. Author
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems