FATS III COMBAT FIRING SIMULATOR VALIDATION STUDY

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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 researching their effects on human performance. Conducting such research requires 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, 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 determine the relationship between performance on the live-fire range and performance in the simulator. The current validation study was designed to test participants on both live-fire and simulated ranges, in order to see if soldiers who were good, average, and poor shots on the live-fire range were good, average, and poor shots in the FATS III CFS. Twenty-six soldiers experienced with the C-7A1 rifle fired an actual and a simulated Personal Weapons Test (PWT). The results showed a significant positive correlation between live-fire and simulated PWT scores for soldiers who were good and average shots. TRUNCATED
Keywords
FATS III;Combat Firing Simulator;Validation study;Image quality;Perception;Distance;Reliability
Report Number
DCIEM-98-CR-26 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
15 Jun 1998
Number of Pages
41
DSTKIM No
98-02005
CANDIS No
508767
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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