Abbreviated Assessment of Embedded Training for the Howitzer Improvement Program M109A6 Howitzer
Final rept. Jul-Dec 1989,
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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The Howitzer Improvement Program HIP self-propelled M109A6 howitzer is equipped with an Embedded Trainer ET. However, the ET was not included in the HIP Initial Operational Test and Evaluation IOTE and, consequently, the merits of the system were unknown as the Army prepared for the pre-Army Systems Acquisition Review Council pre-ASARC meeting. To remedy this circumstance, the HIP Product Manager PM requested support from the Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. This report describes the research undertaken to evaluate the HIP ET. A full-scale assessment was not possible because of the limited availability of a HIP howitzer. Both subjective reactions to the ET and objective performance were measured. Additionally, a detailed screen-by-screen analysis of the tutorial was performed. A major MANPRINT concern in the development of the HIP is whether or not the entire targeted user population can perform the chief-of-section functions adequately. This report addresses that issue and provides recommendations to increase the effectiveness and viability of the HIP ET.