Enhancing and protecting the air warrior : the systems engineering analysis of mission and survival equipment for Australian Navy and Army Aviation rotary wing aircrew

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NO FULL TEXT AVAILABLE. Access is restricted indefinitely. ----- Systems engineering is an established discipline used to engineer complex systems. Mission and survival equipment enhance human performance and provide personnel protection when all other systems fail. This research applies systems engineering principles to the investigation of mission and survival equipment in context of rotary wing aircrew undertaking missions at sea and from the sea ashore. This research suggests that far from being a simple exercise of equipping the human with equipment to perform a mission, systems engineering is required to control the effective integration of the adorned aircrew into rotary wing aircraft and ship systems. Missions undertaken throughout the range of Australian or equivalent environments in a spectrum of operations are analysed to derive requirements to govern functional and physical design development. Systems engineering is required to manage conflicting requirements and ensure effective integration across rotary wing aircraft and ship types that exhibit different life cycle states. This research indicates that a new approach is required to the delivery of the warfighting capability embodied within the rotary wing crew systems capability. It is recommended that for manned aviation operations at sea and from the sea ashore the crucial component of the system is the human. If the human cannot fly manned aircraft at sea or from the sea ashore then the manned aircraft cannot fly. The author proposes that lessons indicated from successive boards of inquiry and embodied in military handbooks and specifications have not been learnt. Accordingly, safety and warfighting capability is comprised by a lack of systems engineering rigour applied to the human as a central element in the rotary wing aircraft system.
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