The British Royal Navy is testing futuristic jet suits to help its Marines defy gravity and fly – like Iron Man – on remotely moving ships, new video from British firm Gravity Industries, the company behind, has shown. the combination. The video showed a Royal Marine taking off from a high speed inflatable boat using the suit, flying over the seas, then landing on the deck of the Navy offshore patrol vessel HMS Tamar. The sailor has a machine strapped to his shoulders that looks like a backpack and another cylindrical pair strapped to one of his hands.
These machines provide him with enough thrust to take off from the speedboat, fly over water, and balance his movements while in flight and during landing. After landing on the deck of HMS Tamar, the sailor throws a rope ladder so his colleagues can climb onto the ship from their boat.
The Royal Marines simulated a “visit, board, search and seize” operation, one of the most complex and dangerous maritime missions. The only other alternative available to the Marines was to use a helicopter to descend onto the ship. But it would have taken time.
A Business Insider report citing a press release from Gravity Industries said 42 Commandos Royal Marines participated in the exercise, in a three-day trial. They explored alternative means to traditional maritime boarding practices. The report adds that the British military has yet to decide whether to buy the technology.
Admiral Tony Radakin, Britain’s top naval official, described the suit as the “latest game-changer”. The video he tweeted has been viewed more than 548,000 times.
Paramedics in England’s remote and rugged Lake District region have already tested the jet suit to reach people in distress. Using the suit saved them a lot of time that they would otherwise have taken had they traveled by road or on foot. The jet suit is still under development.