Technology is becoming more and more ubiquitous in the military. We recently talked about validating a major contract between Microsoft and the U.S. military to provide soldiers with HoloLens augmented reality headsets optimized for combat situations. In addition, the French company Parrot supplies its reconnaissance drones to the US military. We could also see French soldiers in training accompanied by some support robots, according to the Boston Dynamics spot.
Today we came across a surprising video from the Dutch army. In this video we see a soldier who is armed with a funny backpack and strange equipment on his arms. In reality, it’s a jetpack. This particularly epic video demonstrates the usefulness of such devices during an overwater action scene. Thanks to his jetpack, the soldier manages to disembark a ship discreetly and leave it as quickly as possible. A scene that makes Activision and its Call of Duty license jealous.
A company full of ambition
This jetpack was developed by Gravity Industries, a company that is particularly advanced in this field. The jetpack used in the video has an output of 1050 hp thanks to 4 mini jet engines on the forearms. Thanks to this immense power, Gravity Industries founder Richard Browning was able to “achieve the fastest speed in a suit powered by a body-controlled jet engine,” according to the 2019 Guinness Book of the World.
In addition to developing jetpacks, Gravity Industries is reportedly also working on a flying motorcycle: the Speeder. This motorcycle should be able to carry up to two people and reach a top speed of 400 km / h. Tim Draper, SpaceX and Tesla’s top investor, has also poured a lot of money into Gravity Industries.
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