Training Benefits of Interactive Air Combat Simulation
Final rept. Jan-Nov 1994
ARMSTRONG LAB WILLIAMS AFB AZ AIRCREW TRAINING RESEARCH DIV
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This paper presents the results of an investigation of the training benefits of distributed, interactive air combat simulation. The Multiship Research and Development MULTIRAD simulation facility located at Armstrong Laboratorys Aircrew Training Research Division in Mesa, Arizona was used to conduct this investigation. It permitted two F-15s to fly against a suite of manned and unmanned adversaries in a realistic combat environment. Simulation components represent independent subsystems operating as part of a secure distributed simulation network. This local area network was connected to an air weapons controller simulator located at Brooks Air Force Base, Texas, using a dedicated T-1 telephone line. A week-long syllabus was designed consisting of nine sorties with four engagements per sortie. A building-block approach was taken so that scenarios increased in difficulty over the week. Sixty-tree mission-ready MR F-15 pilots participated in the research effort. Critical incidentevent data and ratings of situation awareness SA were gathered using two trained observers. Using the ratings from the two trainer observers, performance was found to improve for identical engagements flown early and late in simulation for training and how it might best be employed. Overall, very positive opinions were expressed by the research participants regarding the potential value of multiship simulation for training SA skills. These findings, while not providing definitive evidence of transfer of training to the air, nonetheless, do suggest that multiship simulation may be an effective tool for training SA Skills for fighter operations.
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