Examination of the Effect of Night Vision Devices on Rifle Target Engagement Accuracy During Bush Lane Engagements

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Authors
  1. Angel, H.A.
  2. Massel, L.J.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
Abstract
A six-day field trial was undertaken at CFB Wainwright, AB, over the period of 23 to 28 June 2001. Twelve regular force personnel completed a standardized bush lane target detection test while using different vision enhancement, aiming, and illumination devices in a repeated measures design. The study examined the impact of open sights (iron), telescopic (C79), visible laser, reflex red-dot, holographic, and thermal weapon sights during bush lane target engagement scenarios at known distances during the day and night. The study also examined the effect of NVG design (monocular AN/PVS-14, biocular AN/PVS-7D, binocular ANVIS-9, and binocular AN/AVS-502) on bush lane target engagements at recorded distances. Finally the study examined the impact of InfraRed (IR) illumination on NVG performance. Human factors (HF) measures included assessments of rifle firing performance, illumination, visual acuity, compatibility, user acceptance, and criteria of importance. Due to poor weather conditions and equipment failures with the engagement recoding system and the thermal weapon system, not all testing could be completed as planned. The results demonstrated that day time target detection performance did not vary according to day sight and while there were no quantitative differences among the weapon sights for target detection, qualitative differences were noted. The operational benefits of using NVGs regardless of illumination were readily demonstrated in this field trial. NVGs detected

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Keywords
Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration Project;SIREQ TD;Night Vision Devices;NVD;NVG;Target Engagement Accuracy;Bush Lane;Target Detection;weapon sight;visible laser;illumination;reflex red-dot sight;holographic sight;thermal weapon sight;InfraRed illumination;IR
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2005-069 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Jul 2005
Number of Pages
81
DSTKIM No
CA026804
CANDIS No
524766
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Electronic Document(PDF)

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