TACFIRE OT 056 Human Factors Evaluation
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This research was conducted as a human factors evaluation of the Tactical Fire Direction System TACFIRE command and control system for the field artillery. This report supplements the TCATA OT 056 test report. It provides a human factors evaluation of equipment, tasks and operating procedures, training, and personnel selection requirements. The following are among the HFE findings The battalion S-280 shelter is regarded as unacceptable by battalion Fire Direction Center personnel. The major problem areas are the shortage of space within the shelter, the configuration of equipment within this limited space, the quality of the air, and the noise level. With the exception of the Digital Message Device and the Digital Plotter Map, there is widespread acceptance of individual TACFIRE equipments. Although operators maintain that their tasks, on the average, are easy, the consensus of operators is that TACFIRE training must be conducted frequently if skills are to be maintained. Estimates of time required to train averaged about 2 days a week at the computer Fire Direction Center and Variable Format Message Entry Device sites and 1 day a week at Digital Message Device sites. Moreover, indications are that more emphasis needs to be placed on maintenance training.
- Fire Control and Bombing Systems
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems