Royal Marines conducted “a very successful exercise” testing the capability of the Gravity Jet Suit to support Royal Marine boarding operations.

Gravity Industries said their team spent three days with 42 Commando Royal Marines from HMS Tamar off the south coast of England.

A video from Gravity Industries showed a Maritime Boarding Operation exercise with a fast rib boat coming alongside a moving high-sided ship, and hooking a caving ladder to permit assaulting personnel access. You can watch the footage here.

“The vision with the Jet Suit is to provide extremely rapid access to any part of the target vessel, instantly freeing up hands to bear a weapon, and even retaining the capability to relocate on target or self-exfiltrate,” the company said in a news release.

“This is increasingly seen as a revolution in tactical capability for many special forces and has much broader application beyond Maritime boarding.”

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David
David
1 month ago

What a fantastic time to be a Royal!

World-wide operations, new ethos and fantastic kit!

Have to admit, I would not have the cajones to do that onto a moving vessel until I’d seen it done safely several times, mind.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago

First-class piece of kit, no more lead rock climbers required for beach assaults either. Just fly up the face and lower the rope down!

Stephen Ball
Stephen Ball
1 month ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

Don’t think the thrust has enough power to go straight up. If you look at a lot of the videos the height is about 15-20 feet.

Wonder how it works if he went off the white cliff’s of dover. 🤐

Last edited 1 month ago by Stephen Ball
Airborne
Airborne
1 month ago
Reply to  Stephen Ball

Watched a number of programmes about the Gravity kit, yes he can fly a lot higher but he always fly low at this time, due to safety and limited fuel. Theres a lot of promise on this kit, with future development.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago
Reply to  Stephen Ball

No doubt we’ll get there eventually! I wonder how long it will take us to reach the summit of Everest 😂

“15,000 feet

And JetPack Aviation, based in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, invented what it calls “the world’s only JetPack,” which can reach up to 15,000 feet in altitude and operate for about 10 minutes.14 Oct 2020″

https://people.com/human-interest/jetpack-flying-man-makes-history-ground-launch-flight/

Nate m
Nate m
1 month ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

Uk has made an advancement: In your face world!

(btw this is minecraft meme)

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago
Reply to  Nate m

Sorry Nate m, you’ve lost me?

Last edited 1 month ago by Nigel Collins
Levi Goldsteinberg
Levi Goldsteinberg
1 month ago

They look incredibly vulnerable to small arms fire in those but I suppose no more so than when fastroping or conventionally boarding. Awesome time to join the RM right now, so much to do and experience

Steve
Steve
1 month ago

Was thinking the same, one stay bullet would cause a big explosion, if it hit the fuel tank.

Aldis Ozols
Aldis Ozols
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve

From the lack of noise, it seems to be electrically powered.

Still could catch fire if hit, but it wouldn’t splash and stick to the user.

Lusty
Lusty
1 month ago
Reply to  Aldis Ozols

The system is powered by kerosene.

Aldis Ozols
Aldis Ozols
1 month ago
Reply to  Lusty

Okay. Less dangerous than petrol anyway.

Airborne
Airborne
1 month ago
Reply to  Aldis Ozols

Jet powered mate.

Geoffrey Roach
Geoffrey Roach
1 month ago

Any bets on something like an Uzi being fitted to the hand grip?

Aldis Ozols
Aldis Ozols
1 month ago
Reply to  Geoffrey Roach

Looks like the man has a pistol on a lanyard.

Putting a weapon on the handgrip would make it unstable if used while flying.

Geoffrey Roach
Geoffrey Roach
1 month ago
Reply to  Aldis Ozols

Yep..should have thought of that. Recoil?

Aldis Ozols
Aldis Ozols
1 month ago
Reply to  Geoffrey Roach

You could have a shoulder mounted gun controlled by eye movement.

DRS
DRS
1 month ago
Reply to  Aldis Ozols

Yes something like this so you can suppress as you land. One step closer to Ironman. Hacksmith gave him an actual mask to try on a while ago:

The TRUTH About IRON MAN in Real Life! – YouTube

Last edited 1 month ago by DRS
Aldis Ozols
Aldis Ozols
1 month ago

Imagine twenty marines doing that simultaneously!

Next generation: Shoulder mounted weapon aimed by eye movement.

Aldis Ozols
Aldis Ozols
1 month ago
Reply to  Aldis Ozols

Better yet, shoulder gun remotely controlled by another operator so the flying marine can concentrate on his job.

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
1 month ago

Well, I was thinking: Land like Iron Man and then ask everyone to hold on a minute while you get the engines off your arms and draw your weapon. But that’s probably catered for?

Jacko
Jacko
1 month ago

Unlike the bloke scaling the side of the ship at least jet pack man has some manoeuvrability to play with.

DaveyB
DaveyB
1 month ago
Reply to  Jacko

Climbed one of those ladders into a hovering Chinook, through the central hatch. To say my heart was pounding through my chest would be an understatement,. No safety line, just big boy pants, bloody hard work when carrying your gat, webbing and daysack…..

john melling
john melling
1 month ago

Well, if Tony Stark can do it, so can the RM.

The suit will improve! 😉

Mike
Mike
1 month ago

You say you’d love my thoughts but ban me from posting.What sort of website is this?

Chris
Chris
1 month ago

That is pretty amazing, I have to admit…

DaveyB
DaveyB
1 month ago

So want to have a go at this.

fearlesstunafish
fearlesstunafish
1 month ago
Reply to  DaveyB

well, gravity run training camps…..ive seen at least a couple youtubers document them trying it….

DaveyB
DaveyB
1 month ago

For a flight experience it cost £2000 +VAT.

BB85
BB85
1 month ago

How many pilots have actually been trained to fly those things. I’ve seen some cool videos on YouTube and it does look hand for fast boarding but also seriously risk from rashing into the sea. Its prob safer from small arms fire than boarding with a rib though due to the smaller target and higher approach speed.

fearlesstunafish
fearlesstunafish
1 month ago
Reply to  BB85

from watching youtubers at gravity training camp……some people have the affinity for it and get it real easy…..and some don’t…. 😛

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
1 month ago

There are two types of boarding opposed/non compliant and unopposed /compliant. Compliant is easy. You rock up, ask the crew to lower a ladder and then move to the Bow area. You board and then move fwd to check the crew and secure the embarkation area. After that the crew go to the mess whilst you search. Usually its tea, coffee biscuits and a bit of ditting with the crew and Capt. You finish, depart and all is good. Non compliant is the ship doesn’t lower a ladder, won’t slow down and is generally doing everything it can to stop… Read more »

Watcher Zero
Watcher Zero
1 month ago

One step closer to Assault Marines!

Cymbeline
Cymbeline
1 month ago

Most advanced thing we had was a rope swing, come a long way.

Karl
Karl
1 month ago

John Wayne beat them to it in “Flying Leathernecks”.

James
James
1 month ago

This is awesome kit and is even British developed and built however I am ever so slightly concerend that he is a lot mor visible approaching the skip so could attract fire which isn’t a massive problem in its self however in the jetsuit The Royal can’t fire back? I’m not a service member so would be intersted to hear a service members view…

Watcher Zero
Watcher Zero
1 month ago
Reply to  James

He cant fire back if the opponent suddenly becomes hostile, but its the same situation someone would be in while climbing a grapple, The marines in the boats have just as little cover.

The jetpack soldier is reliant on covering or suppressive fire from his colleagues if the boarding is resisted, the same as would happen during a normal boarding. E.g. when the assault is made rappelling to the deck from a helicopter another helicopter circles close by with a sniper to provide covering fire.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago

If the RM are playing with this UKSF have already checked it out and rejected or adopted it.

Peter S
Peter S
1 month ago

Is he the future loyal wingman?

Nic
Nic
1 month ago

The same type of display was carried out by Gravity Industries staff to show that the equipment could be used to get paramedics up to a casualty, in a mountains rescue situation . The only problem is how do you carry your kit you need ( protection weapons webbing or medic kits) , when you need both hands for the hand jets and the main jet is on you back .

Randy Anderson
Randy Anderson
1 month ago

I hate to be the naysayer but it looks like an easy defenseless target to me. I’d guess you would also need a diversion to give the target, I mean RM, a chance to survive. Boarding a moving ship, hmmm? How about ordering the ship to heave too and if they don’t but a shoulder-fired missile in the stern while taking out any visible whatevers. Still, the technology does have potential use. Right now I’m thinking window cleaning on high-rise buildings or