AN ASSESSMENT OF THE EFFECTS OF WIND SPEED, WEAPON REPORT, AND FEEDBACK ON PERFORMANCE IN THE FATS III CFS

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Authors
  1. Gula, C.A.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Cheryl Gula Research and Consulting Services, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
DCIEM provides human factors support to the Canadian Forces in the development of protective clothing and equipment. This includes examining their effects on human performance. Conducting such research requires operationally relevant measures of soldier performance, such as soldiers' weapon-firing performance. This type of measurement is usually done on a live-fire range. However, live range exercises are time-consuming, and subject to the availability of ranges, personnel, and ammunition. Thus, to reduce research costs an in-house, ready-to-use system was purchased: the FATS III Combat Firing Simulator (CFS). Before using the FATS III CFS as a research tool, it was necessary to examine the effects on firing performance of the system's internal parameters. The current study was designed to test the effects on firing performance of consistent and inconsistent report and recoil, different wind strengths, and immediate feedback. Twenty-four soldiers experienced with the C-7A1 rifle fired a series of serial sets under different report and recoil, wind, and feedback conditions. The results showed that manipulation of these parameters did not result in any significant differences in firing performance in the FATS III CFS. A significant effect of serial (i.e., the specific type of shoot) was found, and problems with a particular serial were identified. TRUNCATED
Keywords
Combat Firing Simulator (CFS);FATS III;Distance;Image quality;Perception;Validation study
Report Number
DCIEM-98-CR-23 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
15 Jun 1998
Number of Pages
34
DSTKIM No
98-01937
CANDIS No
508764
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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