Kaohsiung, May 23 (CNA) Culminating a project to design its own military camouflage clothing, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense has chosen one of four uniforms developed to be used for its three forces, ministry officials said Tuesday.
Once the ministry's budget permits and it decides to launch its plan to replace the existing camouflage uniform that has been used since 1995, the new design will be put into mass production for the Air Force, Army and Navy, the ministry's Armaments Bureau said.
The design, aimed at improving combat capabilities, was unveiled during a media tour at the bureau's 203rd Arsenal in Kaohsiung, which is responsible for the camouflage uniform project.
The new uniform with its digitally generated pattern will render military forces significantly less detectable to enemy forces, and its cotton and nylon blend makes it comfortable to wear in all seasons, a bureau official said.
Another result of the country's defense technology research and development program displayed during the tour was paint used on military aircraft that has earned international recognition.
The Taiwan-developed paint has been applied to its F-16 A/B jets, IDFs, C-130 transport aircraft and others, Cap. Lin Ching-wu said.
The Texas-headquartered Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company also certified the 203rd Arsenal's paint manufacturing facility, he added.
"This shows that our paint is of very high quality and reaches an international standard," Lin said.
The arsenal has also invented a portable, multi-functional tent that is convenient to carry.
The 1.7-kilogram tent for a single person can be set up and folded down within five seconds, Lt. Col. Chou Fei-yeu said, adding that the outer part of the tent can also be used as a raincoat.
The tent set, which includes a mattress and a pillow made of memory foam, can ensure that military personnel get a good night's rest when conducting drills in the wild or carrying out rescue missions in disaster-affected areas, Chou said.
The tents can also be provided to residents of disaster-stricken areas, Chou added.
Providing rescue relief assistance in the event of natural disasters such as flooding and earthquakes is one of the core missions of Taiwan's military.
Designed by the arsenal and manufactured by private companies, the new tent is already being used by some military units, Chou said.
(By Elaine Hou)