Professional Soldier Assessment of a Rifle-mounted Target Hand-off System


  1. Levesque, J.
  2. Banko, K.
  3. Binsch, O.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
The miniaturization of digital image acquisition and processing hardware, positional sensors, and batteries has enabled the creation of assisted targeting systems light enough to be integrated onto small firearms’ to increase the probability of soldiers detecting and hitting targets. As well, it allows soldiers to share target locations, thereby increasing tactical situational awareness as well as enabling target prioritization and target hand-off. We investigated how these new technologies might impact operational effectiveness by testing the concepts using human-in-the-loop simulation in a virtual environment. Two conditions examined the tool usage (no target hand-off vs. target hand-off). Within these conditions, patrol and attack variants (no enemy, inaccurate enemy and accurate enemy) were used to examine the capability. Each condition was repeated 8 times for a total of 64 randomized trials. Combat effectiveness measures were augmented with physiological indicants of stress and self-report measures of self-efficacy, performance and cognitive load. The combat effectiveness measures do not show any statistically significant evidence of the target hand-off system impacting section combat effectiveness, as measured by blue casualties and the disruption of enemy activity. The human factor measures indicated differences between the simulated high and low threat conditions. Self-reporting by participants, combined with physiological measures, did not reveal increases in stre
virtual simulation;dismounted infantry;combat modelling
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-P133 — External Literature
Date of publication
08 Dec 2015
Number of Pages
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