An analysis of target acquisition behavior for observers in tanks equipped with thermal or optical sighting systems.
Barr, Donald R.
Richards, F. Russell
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This thesis presents a statistical analysis of the data generated during the Thermal Pinpoint experiment, conducted 19 July 1983 to 10 December 1983- It analyzes the target acquisition capabilities of tanks equipped with either thermal or optical sighting systems under a variety of conditions. The analyses are conducted using both parametric and nonparametric methods to test hypotheses concerning the target acquisition process for various populations of observers. The results of the analysis concern the detection times and number of detections (in the form of proportions) for various observer groups. They are analyzed in terms of controlled experimental design factors (such as time of day, observer motion, hatch status, range to the target and weapon system sight type), controlled target factors (such as camouflage status, motion, crew exposure, firing and engine status), and environmental factors (such as target/background visual contrast, target/background temperature contrast and sky/background visual contrast).
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