Accession Number:

ADA183368

Title:

Atropine Effects on the Operation of the Tow Missile Launcher.

Descriptive Note:

Rept. for 14 Jul-31 Oct 86,

Corporate Author:

LETTERMAN ARMY INST OF RESEARCH PRESIDIO OF SAN FRANCISCO CA

Report Date:

1987-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

28.0

Abstract:

The effects of one and two autoinjector equivalents of atropine sulfate 2 and 4 mg70 kg im were tested in eight volunteers, ages 22 to 39 yr. Drug effects on the volunteers were assessed on the basis of their ability to operate the Armys current infantry antitank weapon - the TOW missile launcher. Soldiers were required to optically track and manually maintain the cross hairs of the sights on a moving target vehicle 2 km away for 15 s under both daylight and simulated duskdawn conditions. Results indicate no significant impairment of tracking capability after a 2 mg70 kg injection however significant decrements were observed 150 min after a 4 mg70kg injection under both light conditions. Keywords Guided missile personnel Human performance degradation Optical tracking Visual targets Manual operation Low light levels.

Subject Categories:

  • Pharmacology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE