British Royal Navy tests jetpacks to attack pirates on the high seas

Movies and all the fiction that is recognized are often harbingers of what reality will be in the future. Action plots in the spy sagas have resorted to jetpacks to give humans the ability to fly. However, this sci-fi gadget is increasingly available to some mortals. After seeing this flying device in acrobatic demonstrations, the British Royal Navy uses it for real-world boarding scenarios on the high seas.

This technology is available in collaboration with Gravity Industries and the British Royal Navy.


But what is a jetpack?

Roughly speaking, a jetpack is a jet engine (or a set of several jet engines) used in an individual portable “backpack” format. That is, there are 2 sets of jet propellers that are “dressed” by the pilot. One is located on the back, and the other set is placed on each arm.

Gases or liquids come out of the thrusters that make the pilot’s momentum. This expelled material is stored in a backpack on the user’s back.

As a curiosity, this concept was born by science fiction in the 1920s. However, it became popular in the 1960s when technology allowed to bring the concept to reality. Currently, those who use this type of concept in a conventional way are astronauts, when they are in extra-vehicular activities.

Technology at the service of the Royal Navy

The tests were performed for three days on the Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS Tamar. During these three days, the Royal Navy tested different operations with the jetpack to visit, embark, analyze and apprehend a simulated enemy ship.

In practical terms, this technology allows a soldier to get out of a small moving vessel and, when flying, can move to a larger vessel quickly and without the need for ladders or ropes. Once inside the larger vessel, you can create the appropriate means of access for the rest of the force to enter the boat.

Rather than explaining, the images highlight a new form of mobility that can be investigated by assault. It is surprising the capabilities that a jetpack can have in military environments like the one that was made known. According to what is indicated, this equipment can be very useful to embark on pirate ships or simply to combat piracy on the high seas.

It remains to be seen what it will be like when the soldier flies over the enemy and has to attack and defend himself. However, a force of several “flying soldiers” could change the way in which attacks are carried out.

As the company says, this technology is increasingly seen as a revolution in the tactical capabilities of many special forces and has a much broader application beyond sea shipping. In fact, this technology was used a few months ago to rescue operations of paramedics.


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