NEWS | Jan. 7, 2021

Apache: Get Familiar with MUMT with Two Guidebooks

Static display of manned and unmanned aircraft
Static display of manned and unmanned aircraft (courtesy photo)
 
In a continuing effort to address gaps in Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUMT) training, the Apache Sensors Product Office produced both the Manned Unmanned Teaming MUMT-2 and MUMT-X Pilot Guide and Manned Unmanned Teaming MUMT-2 and MUMT-X Quick Reference Guide.

The guides are easy to navigate using well laid out graphics and meaningful text that walk the aviator through system setup when UAV trainers aren’t available or when a quick reference tool is needed. The guides also provide continuous training, which is necessary to ensure operators are proficient with the MUMT system.
Pilot Guide
 
The pilot guide contains descriptive Manned Unmanned Teaming Level 2 (MUMT-2) and Manned Unmanned Teaming Expanded (MUMT-X) mission scenarios, troubleshooting, and Aviation Mission Planning System (AMPS) information associated with AH-64D/E aircraft. An overview of the differences between MUMT-2 and MUMT-X systems are explained up front, followed by mission scenarios, troubleshooting procedures, and AMPS information.

The guide has five (5) sections and includes eight (8) appendices of helpful information captured as lessons learned from the test community. Here’s the pilot guide layout:
 
Section 1: System Overview
Section 2: Mission Scenarios MUMT-2
Section 3: Mission Scenarios MUMT-X
Section 4: Troubleshooting
Section 5: Associated Appendices
         Appendix A - Key Terms and Definitions
         Appendix B - Datalink Info
         Appendix C - AMPS Information
         Appendix D - IP Address Formula
         Appendix E - Parts List
         Appendix F - LOI-3/4 Handover Process
         Appendix G - Vehicle ID Tail Number
         Appendix H - Apache University
       
The essential elements of the pilot guide are the mission scenarios. Each scenario encompasses the MUMT setup and operation with One System Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT), Apache to Apache utilizing Air-Air-Ground (AAG), Shadow, Gray Eagle, and Sniper Pod. The procedures cover the basics of turning on the system power to range considerations and encryption considerations. Each element is displayed and described step by step so an aviator can follow along with the Desktop Emulator (DTE).

Preparation is critical during MUMT operations. Another key element of the guide is the overview of the Aviation Mission Planning System (AMPS) and how it’s used to configure MUMT-2/MUMT-X system settings. Pre-mission planning via the AMPS decreases errors with MUMT setup and operation, and the steps you need are included in the pilot guide.
 
Quick Reference Guide
 
 The quick reference guide (QRG) is a concise, easy-to-transport document suitable for carrying in a helmet or pubs bag. The QRG has four (4) main sections:
 
Section 1: Mission Scenarios MUMT-2
Section 2: Mission Scenarios MUMT-X
Section 3: Troubleshooting
Section 4: LOI-3/4 Handover Process
 
As with the pilot guide, the QRG outlines, step by step, how to set up and operate the MUMT-2 and MUMT-X systems. The QRG includes the troubleshooting guide and letter of interoperability (LOI) 3/4 handover procedures, so they’re readily accessible when needed. The QRG also provides the aviator the tools to execute MUMT operations anytime.
The Manned Unmanned Teaming MUMT-2 and MUMT-X Guide and Manned Unmanned Teaming MUMT-2 and MUMT-X Quick Reference Guide provide continuous training upon demand while utilizing minimal resources.

To gain access to the guides, register at Apache University using these instructions:
 
Apache University Enrollment
 
Log into Black Board: https://avnctr.ellc.learn.army.mil/, and select “Courses” on the menu across the top of the page. On the left side, click Browse Course Catalog and search for “Apache”, then click “GO”. Select the down-arrow chevron at the end of the course ID, then select “Enroll”. After reading the announcements, select “Lessons” from the left menu.

Once you’re registered, you can view the pilot guide and the quick reference guide at:  
 

The documents are also available on the Apache JTDI website. To get copies of the material, go to the Publications section on the Apache JTDI site using your CAC:

Or units can request more copies from Scott Fagersten or Joe Strawser by emailing them at:
 

scott.g.fagersten.ctr@mail.mil

joseph.l.strawser.ctr@mail.mil
 

For answers to your questions about the guides, contact the above POCs for assistance.