Accession Number:

ADA128387

Title:

Battlefield Identification Friend-Or-Foe (BIFF) - Thermal Sight Trainer,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY PROJECT MANAGER FOR TRAINING DEVICES ORLANDO FL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1983-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

58.0

Abstract:

Few Army units have access to the ranges and opposing force vehicles required for real-world training in thermal-image friend-foe discrimination and specific-vehicle identification. Even given facilities, such training is time-and-resource-expensive. This report describes a low-cost interactive trainer concept developed to provide classroom or day-room training under simulated operational conditions. This effort employs a commercial-type riflescope with coaxilly-mounted collimated light source as a substitute for the operational thermal sight. Through this sight the student views a highly-detailed replaceable scale model of the selected vehicle each model is painted with retroflective paint in pattern replicating the real-world thermal signature under specified conditions. The model is mounted on a turntable, permitting presentation of either static or moving views fromto any quarter. Models could be prepared so as to replicate signature characteristics under any given operational and environmental conditions. The system includes a micro-processor which controls the light source and tracks student responses and response times.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Infrared Detection and Detectors
  • Fire Control and Bombing Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE