AH-IW ATTACK HELICOPTER COCKPIT WORKLOAD REDUCTION

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 15413
Amount: $9,972.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1991
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1330 Braddock Place, Alexandria, VA, 22314
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dave Thompson
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 683-8430
Business Contact
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Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE COMPLEX AVIONICS AND SOPHISTICATED TACTICS NECESSARY TO DELIVERPRECISION GUIDED MUNITIONS AND COUNTER MODERN MILITARY THREATS PLACE A SIGNIFICANT BURDEN ON THE CAPABILITIES OF THE ATTACK HELICOPTER AND THE PHYSICAL AND COGNITIVE CAPACITIES OF THEIR AIRCREW. THESE CONSTRAINTS DICTATE THAT FUTURE AVIONIC DESIGNS AND COCKPIT LAYOUTS ALLEVIATE SOME OF THE AIRCREW-S WORKLOAD DURING INGRESS, WEAPONS EMPLOYMENT, AND EGRESS TO OPTIMIZE THEIR PERFORMANCE. CREW WORKLOAD REDUCTION IS A MAJOR DESIGN CONSIDERATION FOR UPGRADES TO THE AH-IW COCKPIT AND AVIONICS SUITE. DCS PROPOSES TO CONDUCT RESEARCH WHICH WILL DEFINE CANDIDATE TASKS SUITABLE FOR A WORKLOAD REDUCTION PROGRAM, AND THENIDENTIFY AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGIES TO AUTOMATE OR MINIMIZE THESE CUMBERSOME TASKS. THE RESULTANT DATA WILL BE ORGANIZED AND RECOMMENDATIONS PROVIDED FOR AN INTEGRATED SOLUTION TO THE DEFICIENCIES IN TERMS OFBOTH TECHNOLOGY AND HUMAN FACTORS. CONSIDERATIONS FOR INCREASED SURVIVABILITY, GREATER GROWTH POTENTIAL, AND EASE OF INTEGRATION WILL ALSO BE INCORPORATED INTO THE RECOIUMENDATIONS. DCS WILL PROPOSE A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE THAT IS COST-EFFECTIVE AND TECHNICALLY FEASIBLE.

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