The British army has just published a video of one of its soldiers testing the latest jetpack prototype designed by the company Gravity Industries in the open sea. This machine should allow, according to the English armed forces, to approach and mount stealthily on suspicious ships.
In order to carry out this test, the British Navy explains that it spent three days at sea with the company’s engineers. The idea of this first test was above all to learn how to use this jetpack. ” The purpose of the jet pack is to provide extremely quick access to any part of the target ship, instantly freeing the hands to carry a weapon, and while retaining the ability to move onto the target or self- exfiltrate“Details the firm in a press release.
A super fast jetpack with five engines
Technically, the structure invented by Gravity Industries is based on a dorsal engine capable of propelling with a force of 1000 horsepower. In order to navigate perfectly, the person at the heart of the device has four small jet engines in the forearms.
This isn’t the first time that Gravity Industries has been talked about like this. In 2019, the company had already caused a sensation by crossing Brighton Bay at a speed of over 130 km/h. It was then the founder of the brand, Richard Browning, who was at the controls of the machine.
The British Royal Navy using jet suits to fly around the HMS Queen Elizabeth in New York Harbor pic.twitter.com/gUfz3qPzYS
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In the two videos shared by the English Navy, the soldier can be seen reaching the target vessel from a small inflatable boat. The speed of the jetpack is impressive. Another crucial point for the British army, the level of size of such a device.
In the videos, the soldier does not seem to be unduly bothered by his equipment, as he manages to install a rope ladder on the side of the ship or draw a handgun to secure the area. According to figures provided by the company, the jetpack is capable of reaching 130 km/h.
The jetpack: the perfect solution for stealth flights?
It could even go up to 3600 meters of altitude which multiplies the grounds of uses. A real revolution in the world of armaments, many nations are spending colossal sums to produce their own jetpacks. This is the case on the other side of the Channel, which does not hesitate to show its progress in videos on social networks.
Among the large companies present in this very young field, we can speak of Jetpack Aviation, one of the most advanced start-ups in this industry. Founded in 2016, it has already succeeded in several demonstrations and intends to market a “flying motorcycle” in the coming months.