The integration of voice technology into tactical fighter aircraft is an attempt to provide the pilot with increased capabilities. The Advanced Fighter Technology Integration (AFTI)/F-16 Voice Interactive Avionics (VIA) program encompasses the development of voice applications to (1) reduce pilot workload, (2) increase survivability by allowing more time for hands-on/head-out activity, and (3) allow the pilot to expand his mission capabilities.
This paper will discuss the results of integrating voice into the fighter environment. A discussion of the areas of evaluation during various mission profiles will be presented to establish the interactive voice needs for mission success. Included will be an explanation of the problems and the lessons learned from an attempt to establish this technology in today's tactical fighter aircraft.