Thailand’s military showed off bomb-defusing robots, translation programs, explosive-retardant boots and mosquito repellent during the annual Operation Crimson Viper technology summit with the U.S. and Japan.
ACM Siwakiet Sayema, a deputy secretary for the Ministry of Defense, and Vice Adm. Somkiet Sampan, director of the Bureau of Science and Technology at the ministry, hosted Thailand’s presentation at the Aug. 3-4 showcase at the Naval Rating School in Sattahip.
Operation Crimson Viper is a yearly meeting of Thailand’s armed services and the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command that focuses on how commercial technology can be modified for military use.
Past events have focused on technologies that could be used following natural disasters, such as 2004’s tsunami, while this year’s meeting, joined by Japan’s Defense Ministry, centered on automated robots and vehicles that could be used to battle terrorism.
Thailand showed off its bomb-defusing robot, software programs that will translate multiple languages, monitoring technology for tracking objects from a long distance, boots that protect wearers from explosives, medical materials to prevent certain diseases, and mosquito repellent.
The army also demonstrated various bombs, bomb-detecting fluid, an electronic fire hydrant and various aircraft.
Among the items U.S. forces brought with them were “smart” compasses, portable water filters and robots.
Japan showed off unmanned planes and drones.
Siwakiet said the world is full of threats of all sizes. Without technology, attackers could penetrate government facilities and cause chaos.
Therefore, Thailand looks forward to collaborating with other countries to develop and deploy new technology and inventions, he said.