Accession Number:

ADA076716

Title:

Attitudes of Gunners and Team Leaders Toward the DRAGON Weapon System

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1978-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

65.0

Abstract:

A field evaluation was conducted of the DRAGON weapon system and associated training through a survey of user troops and their leaders to identify factors contributing to the negative attitudes toward the DRAGON system allegedly held by user soldiers during previous DRAGON training. Attitude questionnaires were administered to 39 DRAGON gunners and 29 leaders. Principal findings were 1 No general tendency was observed for gunners to change their attitudes toward the DRAGON system after acquiring more experience in firing the weapon 2 Gunners and leaders tended to agree regarding most aspects of the DRAGON system 3 That phase of training involving actual firing of inert rounds was considered the most beneficial 4 A majority of gunners and leaders felt that leaders should be trained in simulated firing 5 Leaders indicated that platoons should have three DRAGON teams with two gunners and two assistant gunners per team 6 Confidence in accuracy, reliability, and lethality of the DRAGON system was high and 7 DRAGON gunners may often be easily detected by the enemy because of the weight, bulkiness, and awkwardness of the round and tracker components, and because of the firing signature.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Surface-Launched Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE