The US Air Force has awarded a support contract to Alion Science and Technology for the Air Force 711th Human Performance Wing that evaluates human performance factors on Air Force weapon systems.

Under the $5m contract the company will analyse human performance on weapon system ability and alertness through the Air Force’s Human Systems Integration (HSI) programme that reduces lifecycle costs and improves system performance.

The company will also provide HSI expertise, human performance modelling, systems engineering and analysis of human-machine interfaces.

Alion Operational Solutions Group senior vice-president and manager Sue Archer said that the company’s specialised work will support the Air Force in development, application and documentation of new HSI tools and techniques.

Following the results, the Air Force will assess the impact of HSI on the weapon system capability, weapon system readiness and lifecycle costs, Archer added.

The work is funded by the Defense Technical Information Center and is expected to be complete by May 2011.

The Defense Technical Information Center in Fort Belvoir, Virginia is the benefactor to the contract.