The UK's Royal Navy has been seen practising storming potential enemy vessels with the use of real-life Iron Man-style jet suits.
With a flight time of eight minutes, the suits give the wearer the ability to fly using five mini jet engines, with four strapped to his hands and one on his back.
The jets are said to be able to reach a speed capacity of 55 mph (88.51 kph). They are also able to generate a stunning brake horsepower of 1000bhp.
#FunFactFriday - The Royal Navy has been testing Jet Suit assault teams to determine if the Iron Man-like suits could be used to rapidly swarm and board ships. U.S. Special Operations Command is also evaluating a jetpack that can reach speeds of more than 200 mph. pic.twitter.com/mo5FoGWkDu— U.S. Naval Institute (@NavalInstitute) October 16, 2020
The action-packed footage was widely shared on the Twitter page of the US Naval Institute, showing one man clad in the suit flying through the air from a sea vessel and successfully landing on a ship, only to return back to the vessel he took off from.
Another video shows four men in jet suits “levitating” effortlessly towards a vessel, as they soar through the sky, and shaking hands to congratulate each other after accomplishing the feat.
In the accompanying caption, the US Naval Institute wrote that the tests were to determine whether “Iron Man-like suits” were a viable option for use to “swarm and board ships”.
The Institute added that US Special Operations Command was currently evaluating a jet pack that could potentially “reach speeds of more than 200 mph".
The Jet Suit was made by Gravity Industries, a British “human propulsion technology start-up", founded in 2017 and headquartered in Salisbury, UK.
Very cool 3D printed titanium ironman suit takes off!— Ken Rutkowski (@kenradio) October 28, 2019
The man inside the suit is Richard Browning @takeongravity pic.twitter.com/ng9LhcDRWR
The suits have been making the rounds since then, with British inventor and founder of Gravity Industries Richard Browning demonstrating how they work.
Video: Richard Browning sets new speed record in Iron Man-style jet suit - https://t.co/OZ5nEpH0gL pic.twitter.com/EM4PhAb0TV— New Atlas (@nwtls) November 10, 2017
Browning, dubbed the "real-life Iron Man" by media outlets around the world, once achieved a speed of 32.02 miles per hour (51.53 km/h) with the suit during a Guinness World Records attempt for “Fastest speed in a body controlled jet engine powered suit”.
Gravity Industries has developed a jet suit for paramedics, potentially allowing them to fly up mountains and reduce the time it takes to help people to a fraction of what it once took. The suit is able to reach an altitude of 12,000 feet and move at more than 50 km per hour. 🚀 pic.twitter.com/8LEj846IBt— Businesx Inspires (@BusinesxI) October 14, 2020
In September, a jet suit for paramedics was tested over the Lake District by the Great North Air Ambulance Service, to discover that the “flying paramedics” were able to reach patients within minutes.