Accession Number:

ADA411034

Title:

Case Study of the Development of the Target Acquisition Designation/Pilot Night Vision System

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2002-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

115.0

Abstract:

This thesis is a case study of the extent to which a series of factors influenced development of the U.S. Army Target Acquisition Designation SystemPilot Night Vision System TADSPNVS. This study is one of a series being prepared under an ongoing research effort sponsored by Headquarters U.S. Army Material Command AMC. These studies will look at various weapon systems that participated in Operation Desert Storm ODS and will study the effectiveness of their Development Strategies, for the purpose of later comparing system effectiveness in ODS. The TADSPNVS was developed for the AH-64A Apache Helicopter, as a sighting system for the Hellfire missile system. This case study focuses on the systems three critical technologies, evaluates their technical maturity at various stages versus Technology Readiness Levels, and analyzes how that affected the later development and testing. The study also highlights funding stability, user involvement, integrated product teams, and testing strategies. The thesis focuses particular attention on testing, and whether testing of the TADSPNVS system was sufficient and timely during development.

Subject Categories:

  • Optical Countermeasures
  • Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment
  • Helicopters

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE