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Joint Visual System Operational Evaluation (Joint VIS-EVAL) Site 2 McDonnell-Douglas Visual Integrated Display System (VIDS) Evaluation

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Final rept. 11-15 Sep 95

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This evaluation was a Joint Visual System Operational Evaluation VIS-EVAL to evaluate visual display devices. It was a multi-year effort including Air Force, Navy, and Marine pilots. This evaluation was the second of two visual evaluations. The first evaluation was conducted on the Advanced Fiberoptic Helmet Mounted Display AFOHMD developed by CAE Electronics, LTD and is reported in a separate report. This evaluation was conducted at the Site Number 2. Its purpose was to identify the capabilities and limitations of the Visual Integrated Display System VIDS. Specifically, the purpose was to 1 determine trainability of tactical mission tasks with available visual display technology 2 demonstrate current visual simulation technology to users 3 obtain feedback from those users to help define future visual requirements provide information and data to support future simulation acquisition decisions, and 4 provide feedback to manufacturers for product improvement. This system was a multi-faceted, rear projected, real image screen display. A team of highly experienced F-15E, F-16C and FA-18CD instructor pilots evaluated the VIDS using fighter tasks in a mission context. USAF Formal Training Unit FTU and USNUSMC Fleet Replacement Squadron FRS training levels were used as the benchmark for the evaluation. The VIDS that was evaluated provided a large Field of View FOV display of both background imagery and other aircraft imagery. The background imagery requires improvement for low level navigation, ground target identification and other low altitude tasks. Results and discussion indicate that the VIDS provides training capability for selected fighter tasks.

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  • Attack and Fighter Aircraft
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

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