AFJETS has been operating and providing cloud seeding services to Government agencies of Malaysia since 2011. The method deployed by AFJETS is based on proven methods and technologies originating from the USA. Apart from its effectiveness, the method is also cost efficient compared to the conventional methods normally used in the region.
AFJETS is the sole licensed operator and distributor of the technologies in the region.
Although Malaysia belongs to the tropical climate, which should have frequent rain fall, but there is stiil certain periods of a year where rainfall around dam does not occur, causing significant reduction in water storage.
Due to population growth in urban areas of Malaysia , water shortage become nightmare of Malaysian government. Artificial rainfall was used to prevent a decrease in the amount of water stored dam by performing cloud seeding around dam.
Article from ABC News dated Mar 1, 2014.
Bigger problem arises due to the illegal slash-and-burn by Indonesia faced by Malaysia and Singapore. The haze coming from Indonesia ( air pollution ) is on a scale of smoke pollution that covers the whole area in Southeast Asi. Temporary solution is carried out by performing an artificial rainfall in Malaysia , but it will won't solve the core problem.
Situation in which the Malaysian government and Singapore government are requesting the Indonesian government for cooperation to perform artificial rain in order to prevent severe haze in the region, however with the rejection from Indonesian goverment, the plan become a no go and put the people of all three countries in trouble.
The role of AFJETS in Malaysia to carry out cloud seeding can only help to temporary reduce the haze, but the core problem still remain unsolve.
Article from BBC news dated Oct 5,2015
Advance Tracking System
Using the GPS feature app called spidertrack (spider track), it is possible to track the aircraft of AFJETS which is sent out to perform cloud seeding at any time.
※ flight route of the 2015 October 26,
Artificail Rainfall in Malaysia
In Malaysia, there are total of 3 aircrafts responsible for artificial rainfall,
RAINMAKER 01 (belongs to military of Malaysia)
RAINMAKER 02 (belongs to AFJETS)
RAINMAKER 03 (belongs to AFJETS)
There are many ways to artificial rainfall, but the artificial rainfall that has been carried out in Malaysia is by using ice crystal method, which will ignite ice crystal flare in the middle of air, thus causing water to gather at a certain spot and form cloud.
The same is been used by United States today to perform cloud seeding. Other country such as China seems to be using chemical such as silver iodide to carry out the mission, but silver iodide is not recommended to use in Malaysia because of its negative impact toward the environment and human body.
Four conditions for water particle in air to form a rain cloud.
1. there is moisture in the atmosphere
2. present of rising air
3. present of condensation nuclei
4. unstable state of the atmosphere
Malaysia's climate fulfill all four conditions, making it suitable to perform cloud seeding via ice crystal.
Results of cloud seeding during Apr 16, 2015: (Images from Meteorology Malaysia)
AFJETS in Malaysia
When AFJETS first began to perform artificial rainfall in Malaysia, general public have a negative view toward it claiming that artificial rainfall will bring negative impact to the environment, and a possibility of causing harm to health. By that time, the company was receiving many negative opinions and inquiries from the public as well.
However, due frequent water shortage in Malaysia, agriculture is affected, temperatures in urban areas is rising significantly, and other problems faced by the country, such as air pollution and haze, the need of performing artificial rainfall become clear and clearer. Besides, with the new improved technology on rain making which eliminate the use of harmful chemical such as silver iodide, positive perception from the general public toward artificial rainfall through advanced technology via ice crystal was received.
With the growing of interest from the public toward artificial rainfall, AFJETS was featured in many broadcast television program as well as newspaper in Malaysia regarding artificial rainfall. Besides, all the media explosures received by the company also attract interest of neighboring countries to pay visit in order to get better understanding of the artificial rainfall that has been carried out in Malaysia.
One of the article that featured on newspaper dated June 13, 2013:
Weather modification in Kelantan
AFJETS chief executive officer Amrul Nizar Anuar, who was born in the state of Kelantan, carried out cloud-seeding over the state which is experiencing a drought that has caused rivers and lakes to dry up. The operation which cost around RM300,000 would be borne by the company for the people of Kelantan whose rivers, lakes and water wells were drying up.
"This is my contribution to the Kelantan people because I come from this state although my operations are based in Kuala Lumpur," Amrul Nizar said when met at the Sultan Ismail Petra airport here on Wednesday.
The event was being feature in The Star and News Straits Times.