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Aided Targeting System Simulation Evaluation.
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION MOFFETT FIELD CA AMES RESEARCH CENTER
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Simulation research was conducted at the Crew Station Research and Development Facility on the effectiveness and ease of use of three targeting systems. A manual system required the aviator to scan a target array area with a simulated second generation forward looking infrared FLIR sensor, locate and categorize targets and construct a target hand-off list. The interface between the aviator and the system was like that of an advanced scout helicopter manual mode. Two aided systems detected and categorized targets automatically. One system used only the FLIR sensor, and the second used FLIR fused with Longbow radar. The interface for both was like that of an advanced scout helicopter aided mode. Exposure time while performing the task was reduced substantially with the aided systems, with no loss of target hand-off list accuracy. The fused sensor system showed lower time to construct the target hand-off list and a slightly lower false alarm rate then the other systems. A number of issues regarding system sensitivity and criterion, and operator interface design are discussed.
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