According to a video published by the British company Gravity Industries, the British Royal Navy carried out tests with a combat assault team equipped with a Jet Suit backpack designed by the British company Gravity Industries, to determine if any soldiers equipped with this type of equipment could be used. quickly swarm and board ships.
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The Gravity Industries team also conducted another scenario with the takeoff of three pilots from the RIB boat performing an assault and landing exercise on the P2000 patrol vessel. (Source of the Print Screen Gravity Industries video image)
Richard Browning, inventor of the Jet Suit backpack, test pilot and former Royal Marines reservist, carried out tests over the sea with the British Navy‘s fast patrol boat HMS Dasher and a few boats to test his water reaction suit for the first time. .
During the test, Richard Browning, equipped with his Jet Suit backpack, took off from a Fast RIB (rigid inflatable boat) PAC-24 to arrive by air on a P2000 patrol boat. On the same day, the Gravity Industries team also conducted another scenario with the take-off of three pilots from the RIB boat performing an assault and landing exercise on the P2000 patrol vessel. Both trials were successful.
Tests have shown that the suit works in a large body of water and that the pilot can land and take off with relative ease from boats or vessels moving at high speed, even with limited space on the upper deck. a P2000 patroller.
These various test flights were followed by the 47 Commando (Raiding Group) of the British Royal Marines exploring the concepts of Future Commando Force using multi-pilot launches from a RIB boat.
The Jet Suit Pack includes five miniature jet engines, each providing 22kg of thrust, two mounted on each arm and one in a backpack. It allows him to perform a vertical takeoff and to control his direction and speed of flight using his arms. The suit comes with a helmet that displays fuel levels, safety performance indicators, and Wi-Fi for ground monitoring.
A man equipped with the Jet Suit backpack can take off from anywhere without any preparation. It can fly at a maximum speed of 50 km / h and can carry enough fuel for about five to ten minutes of flight. According to Gravity Industries, the maximum potential altitude is 12,000 feet (3,650 m). The Jet suit weighs 27 kg without fuel.