AH-64A Gunnery Performance: Implications for Gunnery Standards
Interim rept. Jul 1988-May 1991
ANACAPA SCIENCES INC FORT RUCKER AL
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This research evaluated the difficulty of establishing standards in the Armys helicopter gunnery manual TC 1-140 for AH-64A crew gunnery performance. Thirty AH-64A crews from an operational cavalry brigade participated in three live-fire gunnery exercises during a 6-month period. Engagement time and target-effect measures were collected for 480 gun, 576 missile, and 470 rocket engagements. The results indicate that exposure time standards will be difficult for operational units to measure. Target-effect standards for gun and missile engagements can be achieved, but the standards for rocket engagements will be difficult to attain. The influence of several variables on gunnery engagement time and target-effect performance was estimated. Target distance had a major effect on gun performance. Also, the distribution of rocket impacts was shifted consistently to the right and short of the target. Finally, a method for establishing gunnery standards is recommended.
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