Jet packs could be used to attack enemy ships, says UK defence minister
Originally posted by Richard Wood @ 9news.com.au
‘Iron Man’ style jet packs could be worn by British marines to ambush enemy ships, the UK Defence Secretary said.
A flying demonstration of a jet suit at a naval base at Portsmouth left Gavin Williamson impressed by the technology’s military potential, the UK Telegraph reported.
“Can you just imagine doing an assault on to a ship,” the minister told Alex Wilson, the pilot who took to the air in the jet pack.
The $625,000 technology has been compared with the inventions seen in the film series Iron Man.
Mr Williamson watched the demonstration as he announced a $137 million advanced technology fund for the Royal Navy.
Galaxy, the UK private company behind the jet pack, says it can blast a man 3000 metres into the air.
An executive from the company explained to Williamson its potential for capturing an enemy ship.
“You can have 10 people in different places all at once and the first thing they’ll know is when they hear a faint jet noise.”
An adviser to the UK defence secretary later clarified that despite Mr Williamson’s enthusiasm, the technology was not yet ready for frontline deployment.
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