Investigation of Alternative Target Designation Methods

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Authors
  1. Nakaza, E.T.
  2. Tack, D.W.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
Abstract
An eight-day field trial was undertaken at Fort Benning, Georgia to investigate the impact of new technologies on the target designation task. This experiment compared the objective and subjective performance of soldiers using three conditions: a compass and paper map baseline; a paper map with a laser rangefinder; and a geo-referenced digital map in conjunction with a laser rangefinder and target designation software. Findings from this experiment demonstrated that the laser rangefinder, used either with the paper map or integrated with the GPS-based digital map, was more effective and efficient than the current in-service means (i.e. paper map, compass, and M-22 binoculars). The objective results showed that participants were more than twice as accurate using the laser rangefinder in designating targets as compared to the baseline condition. The digital map/laser rangefinder system was also much faster than the other two conditions at designating targets. Participants recognized that their ability to determine their own location on the map directly affected the accuracy with which targets could be designated on the map. Participants reported that the digital map/laser rangefinder system was a significant improvement over paper map methods for the accuracy and time required to plot target entities on the map. As well, targets plotted on the digital map could be easily transmitted as a report on a digital battlefield network, thereby reducing the risk of errors due to radio t

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Keywords
Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration Project;SIREQ TD;Target detection;target designation;laser rangefinder;geo-referenced digital map;digital map;map and compass;target designation software;GPS
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2005-063 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Jul 2005
Number of Pages
54
DSTKIM No
CA026785
CANDIS No
524744
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Electronic Document(PDF)

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