The British Royal Navy has apparently been testing jet suits to board ships as a scene from some wrecked Christopher Nolan movie, according to a new video released by UK-based Gravity Industries. Business insider writes that the tests were conducted for three days on HMS Tamar, an offshore patrol vessel of the Royal Navy Batch 2 River class.
Royal Marines used the Jet Suit from Gravity Industries to conduct a “visit, board, search and seizure” operation or VBSS. Basically a Marine launched from a fast boat following HMS Tamar, flew through the air like a slightly crooked Iron Man, and landed on the larger ship, dropping a rope so their fast boat buddies could climb up and the simulated enemy could ‘visit’ vessel.
The whole thing is very neat, to the point that it almost looks like a fake with wire, and probably as much an advertisement for the Royal Navy and Gravity Industries as an actual test of the Gravity Jet Suit’s usefulness in a naval exercise.
If the suit or its makers sound familiar, it’s because the company has been demonstrating its Iron Man technology for a while, although in the past Richard Browning, CEO of Gravity Industries, was in the pilot’s seat (or suit, in this case). Nor is this the first time the Royal Navy has helped demonstrate the technology. In 2019, Browning flew an earlier version of the Jet Suit through the Royal Navy’s attack course. Gravity Industries has also collaborated with the Dutch Maritime Special Operations Force (SOF) to test the suit.
The suit appears to have been streamlined since these earlier demonstrations, with smaller arm missiles and a slimmer backpack jet better suited to any sci-fi movie Gravity Industries seems to be cultivating. What’s a bit disappointing is finding military uses for this technology when clearly there are plenty of other uses. Luckily, Gravity Industries has got us covered there too: the company has tested using the Jet Suit with the Large North Air Ambulance, a UK charity that rescues people from mountain ranges and a variety of other emergency scenarios in Northern England.