Training Effectiveness of the AH-64A Combat Mission Simulator Sustaining Gunnery Skills
Interim research rept. Jul 1988-Mar 1991
ANACAPA SCIENCES INC FORT RUCKER AL
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This research evaluated the effectiveness of the AH-64A Combat Mission Simulator CMS for sustaining crew gunnery proficiency. Although the research was originally designed to be conducted over a 12-month period, the time period was shortened to 6 months to overcome problems with crew attrition and to meet project deadlines. Baseline gunnery performance was measured both on the live-fire gunnery range and in the CMS for 30 AH-64A crews from an operational cavalry brigade. Subsequently, the crews were divided into two groups. The control group continued normal unit training but was restricted from gunnery practice in the CMS. Each crew in the simulator group received five scenario-based gunnery training sessions in the CMS and normal unit training but was restricted from live-fire practice in the aircraft. Six months after the baseline measures, crew gunnery performance was again evaluated on the live-fire gunnery range and in the CMS for the 18 crews that remained in the experiment. The results failed to indicate CMS gunnery training effectiveness Gunnery skill enhancement was not detected in the simulator groups performance and gunnery skill decay was not found in the control group.
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