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Joint Visual System Operational Evaluation - (SITE 1) CAE Advanced Fiber-Optic Helmet Mounted Display

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Final rept. 24 Jul 95-2 Aug 98

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The Joint Vis-Eval is a follow-on effort to evaluate additional visual display devices and a multi-service effort including Air Force, Navy and Marine pilots. The objective of the initial Joint Vis-Eval was to identify the capability and limitations of the latest generation of Advance Fiber Optic Helmet Mounted Display FOHMD developed by CAE Electronics, Ltd. Purpose 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 and 4 provide information and data to support future simulation acquisition decisions. A team of highly experienced F-15E, F-16C and FA-18CD instructor pilots evaluated the Advanced FOHMD system using fighter tasks in a mission context. The United States Air Force Formal Training Unit FTU and United States Navy and United States Marine Corps Fleet Replacement Squadron FRS training levels were used as the benchmark for the evaluation. Each evaluator flew three missions a familiarization and two evaluation missions. At the end of each mission, the pilot completed a questionnaire and debriefed the analysis team to document the task training capability of the display system. The Advanced FOHMD has several significant improvements over earlier versions of the FOHMD. These improvements include 1 acceptable eye tracking, 2 improved resolution, 3 limited improvements in the area of in-cockpit viewing of instruments and controls, and 4 a more effective high resolution inset. The results and discussion indicate that the Advanced FOHMD provides training capability for selected fighter tasks. Human factors issue needs to be addressed to improve pilot acceptability.

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  • Infrared Detection and Detectors

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