Enhancement of Visual Target Detection With Night Vision Goggles

Report No. ARL-TR-3809
Authors: William A. Monaco, Rachel A. Weatherless, and Joel T. Kalb
Date/Pages: June 2006; 21 pages
Abstract: IMPRINT (Improved Performance Research Integration Tool) was developed by the Army as a model to predict human performance in specific operational settings. This report describes an initial effort to quantify visual acuity improvement with the use of night vision goggles (NVGs) in a manner that could be incorporated into the IMPRINT model. Visual acuity was compared with NVGs and without NVGs under five specific luminance levels that the Soldier may encounter in actual battle environments. These data were then translated for use in a predictive equation for target detection. The quantified differences in Soldier target detection performance may then be applied to the IMPRINT model.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: June 1, 2006