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The Development of a Verification and Validation (V and V) Plan for a Proposed Tactical Engagement Simulation System for the AH-64D Attack Helicopter

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Master's thesis

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Advances in weapon systems technology creates the potential for increased warfighting capability. These advances simultaneously create the need for effective simulation systems of these contemporary technologies. The credibility and capability of these weapons systems Models and Simulation MS are evaluated by a Verification and Validation VV process, typically performed during the system development and subsequent Developmental Testing DT. The tactical effectiveness and suitability of the integrated system are then evaluated through Operational Testing OT. Historically, the tasks associated with DT and OT are performed by separate organizations in isolation. This thesis proposes a methodology for the Verification and Validation of the weapons systems models implicit in the AH-64D Longbow Apache Tactical Engagement Simulation TES System. In addition, this thesis develops a VV plan to evaluate the simulation provided by the integrated Longbow TES system. The design of this plan provides for the simultaneous collection of OT data to support system suitability evaluation. This will reduce future OT requirements, thus decreasing the time required for the acquisition cycle. This proposition of performing the TES VV as a combination of DT VV and OT supports the rapid prototyping philosophy which is useful in proving the concepts of new technology and complex systems.

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  • Helicopters
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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