Preliminary Evaluation of Distributed Sensors

Évaluation Préliminaire des Capteurs Distribués


  1. Angel, H.A.
  2. Vilhena, P.G.S.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
The effects of adding enhanced vision and sighting sensors at the dismounted section and platoon level were evaluated in an 11-day field study at Fort Benning, Georgia over the period November 4 to 14 2002. A platoon of regular force infantry soldiers (3 Sections, platoon headquarters and C6 medium machine gun weapons detachment) conducted a series of section and platoon advance to contact and quick attack missions against a live enemy force. The effects of adding enhanced vision and different quantities and types of sighting systems at the team level were assessed using task performance (casualties), ammunition expenditure, engagement distance, and user acceptance metrics. Across all the attacks, the number of casualties inflicted by the enemy force varied from a high of 46.8% with the in-service equipment to a low of 19.2% with when all soldiers were issued with just monocular Night Vision Goggles (NVGs) and Laser Aiming Devices (LADs). Minor improvements in performance occur with the addition of dedicated thermal and Kite sights. The participants recommended that monocular NVGs with magnification and LADs should be issued to every member of the section and platoon. Furthermore, weapon mounted NVGs with magnification should replace the Kite Weapon sight at the section level. All of the participants agreed that there is a need for thermal sights at the platoon and section level. The participants also agreed that the minimum requirement was for one light-weight thermal weapon

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Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration Project;SIREQ TD;enhanced vision;sensors;distributed sensors;monocular;Night Vision Goggles;NVG;NVD;Laser Aiming Devices;LAD;thermal sight;Kite sight;weapon mounted NVG;section attack;Tactics techniques and procedures;TTP
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2005-034 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 May 2005
Number of Pages
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