A Correlational Analysis of the Preliminary MACS (Multipurpose Arcade Combat Simulator) M16A1 Evaluation: A Redirection for MACS Training Software
Research note Jan 84-Mar 85
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The Multipurpose Arcade Combat Simulator MACS is a low cost, part-task simulatortrainer. Using off-the-shelf components, MACS provides the shooter with valuable training feedback about location of bullet strike at various ranges, effects of wind and gravity, etc. The key component in MACS is a specially designed light pen which can be removed from one weapon system e.g., the M16A1 rifle and attached to another weapon system e.g., the M203 grenade launcher or M72A2 light antitank weapon. Hence, MACS is a trainer which can train a variety of tasks on a variety of weapon systems. Recently, preliminary experimental evaluations of the MACS M16A1 rifle, M203 grenade launcher, and M72A2 light antitank weapon were conducted. The results of these evaluations showed positive transfer to live fire for the grenade launcher and LAW, but minimal transfer for the MACS rifle application. Although there were some problems encountered in the field evaluation, the lack of significant positive transfer was surprising given the extensive concurrent training provided on MACS. There was little correlational analysis discussed and such analyses could prove useful in discovering new directions, corrections, and software improvements for MACS. The purpose of this report is to provide additional correlational analyses in an attempt to identify promising new avenues of research and development for the MACS system.
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