Human Factors Evaluation of a Heliborne Electronic Warfare System (AN/ ALQ-151, Quick Fix)
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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The ANALQ-151, Quick Fix system is a recently developed, special- purpose electronic warfare EW system that is configured in an UH-1H helicopter. The system has an electronic countermeasures capability that enables it to interfere with enemy radio transmissions and an electronic-surveillance capability that can be used to interrupt and determine the location of enemy emitters. Any military system should be made as effective as possible because of the high stakes involved in an armed conflict. It is even more important, however, that an airborne EW system be as effective as possible because of the limited time it can be in operation because of its vulnerability and fuel limitations. To insure maximum effectiveness in the Quick Fix system, the human factors evaluation presented in this report was conducted while Quick Fix was undergoing an Operational Test II by TCATA at Fort Hood, Tex. The purpose of the research was to identify any man-machine interface problems that might reduce the effectiveness of the system and to develop changes in hardware design, operating procedures, and training programs to optimize the effectiveness of the system. In addition to improving the Quick Fix system, the results of this report can be used to improve the design of similar systems in the future.
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems