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USE OF NIGHT VISION DEVICES BY US ARMY UNITS IN VIETNAM
Final rept. 6 Mar-16 May 1966
ARMY CONCEPT TEAM IN VIETNAM APO SAN FRANCISCO 96384
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The purpose of the project was to evaluate first generation night vision devices Starlight Scope, Small, Hand-Held or Individual Weapon Mounted and Crew-Served Weapon Night Vision Sight used by US Army units in the Republic of Vietnam RVN to obtain data on tactical employment, system performance, maintenance experience, and suitability of the Department of the Army basis of issue. The evaluation disclosed that the NVD was effectively employed in both offensive and defensive operations, and that its operational limitations were primarily those imposed by weather, terrain, and vegetation, rather than design. It was concluded that the NVD are of significant value to the combat soldier in Vietnam. Adoption of the recommended Department of the Army basis of issue and introduction of additional NVD into Vietnam before conclusion of the field evaluation were fully justified by the findings and conclusions of the study.
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE