Accession Number:

ADA207244

Title:

The Effects of Simulated Laser Exposure on Marksmanship Performance on the WEAPONEER Trainer

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept. May 1987-Jul 1988

Corporate Author:

LETTERMAN ARMY INST OF RESEARCH PRESIDIO OF SAN FRANCISCO CA

Report Date:

1989-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

An experiment was performed to evaluate the effects of a simulated laser exposure scenario on the accuracy of firing in a WEAPONEER markmanship trainer. The simulated laser scenario included three conditions no laser, a scanning laser only, and a scanningattack laser. The simulation was achieved by adding LEDs light emitting diodes to the targets. Performance on the laser scenario trials was contrasted both within and between groups with performance on trials containing no laser scenario, but was matched for target exposure duration. Results showed a substantial decrement in accuracy in the scanning- alone and scanningattack conditions. The anticipated threat of laser exposure may cause soldiers to change their target engagement strategy and impair battlefield performance. The results were explained as an effect of the behavioral contingencies used and represent a potentially significant non- sensory consequence of widespread laser use.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Lasers and Masers
  • Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE