New technology paint for army

KAJANG: A Defence Ministry agency has developed a camouflage paint technology for army vehicles that can blend with Malaysia's natural environment.

The military thermal camouflage paint technology was recently developed by the Science and Technology Research Institute for Defence (Stride).

The institute's Instrumentation and Elec-tronic Technology division director Wan Salwa Wan Hassan said there was a range of camouflage patterns.

She added that the size of the computer-generated pattern ranged from a small dot to any size required.

"The camouflage, which can be pasted on almost any vehicle, closely matches Malaysia's environment in daylight or at night.

"It also fully conforms to international military standards and requirements," she said here on Saturday.

Stride director-general Datuk Dr Abdul Ghaffar Ramli said the agency was helping the Defence Ministry to move beyond importing defence technology to creating locally-developed applications. More in-house weaponry would also be produced in the future.

"Basic equipment such as rations and clothing are 100% locally made, while more sophisticated equipment such as vehicles are mostly imported. Stride's main objective is to perform research and development (R&D) activities, evaluation and procurement, provide information and scientific advice to the armed forces as and defence sector," he said, adding that the Government had allocated RM10mil for Stride to conduct R&D projects this year and 2012.

Wan Salwa said Stride was also working with other government agencies besides the armed forces. Stride helps in performing thermal screening of patients suspected to have the AH1N1 virus.