This research evaluated the effectiveness of the AH-64A Combat Mission Simulator (CMS) for sustaining crew gunnery proficiency. Although the research was originally designed to be conducted over a 12-month period, the time period was shortened to 6 months to overcome problems with crew attrition and to meet project deadlines. Baseline gunnery performance was measured both on the live-fire gunnery range and in the CMS for 30 AH-64A crews from an operational cavalry brigade. Subsequently, the crews were divided into two groups. The control group continued normal unit training but was restricted from gunnery practice in the CMS. Each crew in the simulator group received five scenario-based gunnery training sessions in the CMS and normal unit training but was restricted from live-fire practice in the aircraft. Six months after the baseline measures, crew gunnery performance was again evaluated on the live-fire gunnery range and in the CMS for the 18 crews that remained in the experiment. The results failed to indicate CMS gunnery training effectiveness: Gunnery skill enhancement was not detected in the simulator group's performance and gunnery skill decay was not found in the control group.FM 1-140 defines the training requirements and performance standards for the Armya#39;s aerial gunnery training program. In response to increasing pressure to reduce the requirements for training ammunition, DOTS proposed significantanbsp;...
|Title||:||Training Effectiveness of the AH-64A Combat Mission Simulator for Sustaining Gunnery Skills|
|Author||:||David B. Hamilton|