The Royal Navy and Gravity Industries tested a “jet suit for maritime boarding operations” in England’s Plymouth Sound, footage released May 1 shows.
Royal Marines from the Plymouth-based 42 and 47 Commando units assisted staff of Gravity Industries, the creators of the suit, in testing the device’s takeoff and boarding capabilities using “fast raiding boats” and the patrol ship HMS Tamar, the Royal Navy said in a press release sent to Storyful.
“The trial looked at the utility of the jet suit – which allows the user to fly – in maritime boarding operations and the specialist vertical access techniques associated to them,” the Royal Navy said. “While undoubtedly impressive, experts concluded that the kit is not ready just yet for military adoption.”
The Royal Navy said the suit was solely operated by Gravity Industries during the exercise. Credit: Royal Navy via Storyful