Examination of the Effect of Night Illumination Devices On Target Engagement Accuracy


  1. Angel, H.A.
  2. Gaughan, P.M.
  3. Vilhena, P.G.S.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
The main aim of this field trial was to assess the capabilities of illumination systems (biocular AN/PVS-7D night vision goggles, the Visible Light Illuminator (VLI) Tactical Flashlight, the AN/PEQ-2A Illuminator, and the AN/PAQ-4C Laser Pointer) during static and moving (dynamic) target engagement using live ammunition (on the Malone 18 range). Soldiers using the AN/PAQ-4C Laser Pointer and AN/PEQ-2A illuminator scored significantly more hits for short-range target engagements than with the VLI Tactical Flashlight. Conversely, there were no significant differences among the three illuminators for long-range target engagements. This indicates that any of the three types of illumination improved soldiers’ long-range (100+ m) target shooting performance on the Malone 18 range. Overall, soldiers using the AN/PAQ-4C Laser Pointer and AN/PEQ 2A Illuminator scored significantly more hits against static targets than when using the VLI Tactical Flashlight. However, there were no significant differences observed among the three illumination conditions against moving targets, suggesting that none of the systems tested in this study improved the soldiers’ detection or engagement of moving targets on the range more than the others. The AN/PEQ-2A Illuminator had a significantly better acceptability rating over the VLI Tactical Flashlight for functionality, task, vision/optics, and overall open range criteria as well as a significantly better acceptability rating over the AN/PAQ-4C Las

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Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration Project;SIREQ TD;night vision goggles;NVG;Visible Light Illuminator;VLI;Tactical Flashlight;Illumination;AN/PEQ-2A;AN/PAQ-4C;Laser Pointer;target engagement
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2004-177 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2004
Number of Pages
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