The use of NVG's in military operations requires the personnel to be aware of specific effects in NVG imagery. Most notably are the bright appearance of trees and bushes, the fixed size halos around highlights and the poor contrast in shades - the latter being an important aspect in urban terrain. This paper reports on the validation of an NVG simulation by comparing the use of real NVG equipment in a MOUT training village with the use of simulated NVG equipment in a model of the same village. Next to subjective comparison of real and simulated NVG imagery, an objective comparison of performance in visual search and detection tasks is accomplished. Earlier research by TNO has demonstrated that conspicuity is a measure for search and detection performance. Conspicuity is measured for different conditions both in the real and simulated village to obtain a good validation of the NVG simulation techniques.
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