Accession Number:

ADA371583

Title:

Training Lessons Learned on Sights and Devices in the Land Warrior (LW) Weapon Subsystem.

Descriptive Note:

Research rept. Mar 98-Jun 99,

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST FIELD UNIT FORT BENNING GA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1999-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

84.0

Abstract:

The Land Warrior LW system is the Armys future system for the individual soldier. The LW consists of five subsystems, with the weapon subsystem the focus of the training research. The training of two platoons in preparation for a LW operational test was observed. Four sights and devices were trained the close combat optic, two aiming lights, and the thermal weapon sight, plus a bore light. The training adequately prepared the soldiers to qualify on the M4 carbine with the close combat optic and the thermal weapon sight. Qualification standards were extremely difficult to achieve with the aiming lights on the M4, due to environmental conditions typical of Army ranges, not to lack of firer expertise. A standardized technique for boresighting all the devices was developed. Diagnostic skills needed by trainers and soldiers to effectively hit targets with each device were identified. The findings have immediate applicability to the Army, as the devices are currently being fielded. The report describes what contributes to quality training on the devices, and what should be integrated into marksmanship programs of instruction, technical manuals, and the training and doctrine literature.

Subject Categories:

  • Guns

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE