Examination of the Effect of Night Vision Devices on Rifle Target Engagement Accuracy during Urban Operations

Examen de l’Effet de Dispositifs de Vision Nocturne sur la Précision d’Engagement de Cibles avec des Fusils Lors d’Opérations Urbaines


  1. Angel, H.A.
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Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
A five-day field trial was undertaken at Fort Benning Georgia over the period of 15 to 19 March 2001. Sixteen regular force infantry soldiers completed a room clearance exercise using different day and night vision and sighting systems. The primary aim of this field trial is to study various night vision devices and aiming aids in urban building clearing operations with the C7A1 rifle under reduced target engagement distances. Secondary goals included an investigation to determine if night room clearance performance and user acceptance differs according to NVG device with and without active IR illumination, and an investigation to determine if day and night target engagement performance and user acceptance differs according to day time sighting system with and without active illumination. The night engagement systems evaluated in the trial included the following: biocular AN/PVS-7D, monocular AN/PVS-14, Type I binocular ANVIS-9, Type II binocular AN/AVS-502 (Low profile) Type II binocular AN/PVS-21 (Low profile Night Vision Goggles (NVGs) an on-bore Red Dot Reflex-Monocular NVG system. The day time sights included the following: iron sight, C79 Optical 3.4 power sight, Visible laser (AN/PEQ-5CVL), Red-Dot Reflex Sight, and a EO Tech holographic sight. Illumination included white light and InfaRed (IR) illumination. Objective measures included building clearance times and engagement accuracy, and subjective measures included task acceptance and sight task preferences. The spee

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Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration Project;SIREQ TD;night vision devices;NVD;NVG;aiming aid;target engagement;Engagement Accuracy;IR;infra-red illumination;biocular;monocular;binocular;low profile NVG;building clearance
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2005-066 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Sep 2005
Number of Pages
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