Gravity Industries recently teamed up with the Royal Navy to test their latest Jet-Suit to serve maritime boarding operations. During these tests, the soldiers had to connect two moving ships.
The UK Royal Marines, like others, regularly test a wide range of technologies aimed at increasing their efficiency. The most recent of these experimental systems could be the Daedalus and its 1000 horsepower. Developed by the company Gravity Industries, this Jet-Suit would be able to transport a person in altitude for approximately ten minutes. In recent tests, forty-two of these soldiers investigated whether this system costing more than 300,000 euros could be useful in the context of boarding tests.
“The goal with the Jet-Suit is to provide extremely fast access to any part of the target ship, instantly freeing up the hands to carry a weapon, and even retaining the ability to move around the target or s ‘self-exfiltrate’, details Gravity Industries in a press release.
Usually, these non-cooperative operations of visit, boarding, searches and seizure, involve carrying out a rapid rope from a helicopter to free the commandos on the spot. The Jet-Suit method, eventually, could be faster, more discreet and more efficient.
Three life-size tests
During these three-day tests off the south coast of the United Kingdom, soldiers first had to connect two moving ships, taking off from a special platform in the front of a semi. rigid to land towards the deck wing of HMS Tamar. Once on board, the soldier had to deploy a ladder for the use of his teammates arriving by boat.
During a second test, the soldiers had to join the Tamar again, deploy their ladder again, but this time draw their fist in a defensive posture. They then had to take off again to land towards the stern.
Finally, for the third and final test, three operators had to fly and land on the stern at the same time, arriving in a coordinated fashion from different directions. All of these flight operations took place in conditions of dead calm, and each flight lasted an average of fifteen seconds.
It should also be remembered that a few months ago, a team of rescuers from the Lake District National Park, in the north-west of England, had also tested the use of a Jet-Suit signed by the same company. The goal: to reach the victims of this environment – rugged and very windy conducive to incidents – much faster than by land.