Examination of the Effect of Night Vision Devices on Dismounted Terrain Traverse

Examen de l’Effet de Dispositifs de Vision Nocturne sur la Traversée de Terrains à Pied


  1. Angel, H.A.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
An eight-day field trial was undertaken at Fort Benning Georgia over the period of 7-21March 2001. Thirty-four regular force infantry personnel were required to complete a standardized terrain traverse test over four different courses (dense woods, open woods, open field and urban lane) while using monocular (AN/PVS-14), biocular (AN/PVS-7D, AN/PVS-504), binocular (ANVIS-9, AN/AVS-502) Night Vision Goggles (NVGs). The aim of this field trial was to examine the effects of utilizing various night vision devices and IR illumination assistance during dismounted terrain traverse. Goals of this trial included: an investigation to characterize the speed of traverse through different terrain types; an investigation into the utility of using IR illumination during dismounted terrain traverse and finally an investigation to examine the effectiveness of using NVGs in a dedicated mode (helmet mounted) and on an as and when required mode (lanyard- pocket scope mode). Human factors tests included assessments of speed of traverse, hazard avoidance, target detection, aural detectability (stealth), illumination, visual acuity, compatibility, user acceptance and criteria of importance. Tactical and non-tactical speeds of traverse with different NVGs and terrains were captured. In general the results indicated that the binocular ANVIS-9 and the monocular AN/PVS-14 performed better than the binocular AN/PVS-7 and AVN/AVs-502 binocular NVG. Across all the terrain courses the tactical speeds of tr

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Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration Project;SIREQ TD;NVG;night vision goggles;target engagement;monocular;biocular;binocular;enhanced vision;laser;CVL;Carbine visible laser;AN/PVS-14;AN/PVS-7D;AN/PVS-504;AN/AVS-502
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2004-176 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2004
Number of Pages
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