Examination of the Effect of Night Vision Devices on Urban Off-Bore Target Detection and Engagement

Examen de l’Effet de Dispositifs de Vision Nocturne sur la Détection et l’Engagement d’Objectifs Hors Axe en Milieu Urbain


  1. Angel, H.A.
  2. Massel, L.J.
  3. Gaughan, P.M.
  4. Hawes, V.L.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
A five-day field trial was undertaken at Fort Benning, Georgia in December of 2001. Sixteen volunteer regular force infantry soldiers completed a standardized target detection test while using different on-bore and off-bore vision enhancement, aiming, and illumination devices, during the day and at night, in a repeated measures design. Detection performance was tested on at the McKenna MOUT site in Fort Benning, Georgia with fully exposed, partially exposed targets at near distances (<40m) and farther distances (>40m). Human Factors (HF) tests included assessments of detection performance, compatibility, user acceptance and criteria of importance. Data collection included questionnaires, focus groups, performance measures and HF observer assessments This field trial assessed the capabilities of conventional on-bore and off-bore systems for static target engagements using blank ammunition. The target detection capabilities for eight day sights and five night sights were evaluated. The sighting systems included conventional on-bore sights (iron, C79, red-dot, and holographic), two off-bore video sights of different magnification (Land Warrior 1x Digital Video Sight (DVS), Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine (DCIEM) 3.4x sight, a thermal on-bore sight (TW 1000), and a thermal off-bore sight (Land Warrior Nytech system). The capabilities two image intensification (II) night vision goggles (NVGs): monocular AN/PVS-14 and the binocular ANVIS-9 were also recorded.

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Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration Project;SIREQ TD;night vision goggles;NVG;target engagement;Land Warrior;off-bore;off-bore sight;vision enhancement;aiming devices;illumination devices;Digital Video Sight;DVS;DCIEM 3.4x sight;thermal sight;red-dotsight;holographic sight;monocular nvg;AN/PVS-14;biocular nvg;AN/PVS-7D;binocular nvg;ANVIS-9;AN/AVS-502;AN/PEQ-2A;IR laser
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2005-018 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Jul 2005
Number of Pages
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