Royal Marines test ‘Iron Man’ jet packs in groundbreaking test

Can we get a ride too?
  • The Royal Marines used the jet pack to fly from one ship to another
  • Made by the UK-based Gravity Industries
  • They also have a price tag of approximately $400,000

Published on Apr 15, 2024 at 4:22PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Apr 15, 2024 at 6:59PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Tom Wood

The Royal Marines tested a real-life ‘Iron Man’ jet pack to fly from a boat to a warship.

Royal Marines Commandos carried out the training demonstration as a test run.

The video of the training exercise shows the Marine taking off from a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) and landing on the offshore patrol vessel HMS Tamar.

The real-life ‘Iron Man’ jet pack suits use 1050 horsepower of jet engine power.

One would certainly need that kind of power to lift them off the ground, just like Iron Man himself.

You can also watch the full video of the training exercise above, courtesy of the jet suit’s maker, UK-based Gravity Industries.

READ MORE! Amazing video shows the sheer speed pilots went in the world’s first jet pack race in Dubai

The jet packs had previously been used by a paramedic to fly to the top of a mountain in three minutes.

It has proved its effectiveness in various emergency scenarios.

Since then, the technology has been used by Western armies and appeared in NATO exercises.

Recently, we have also seen these jet packs in recreational activities and promotions.

For example, Dubai has even gone as far as hosting its first-ever jet suit race.

Back in 2023, Dominos also took the opportunity to deliver pizza to Glastonbury by air.

However, they did it by using the real-life ‘Iron Man’ jet pack.

With a price tag of approximately $400,000, the suits are not something anyone can afford.

In the current design, the real-life ‘Iron Man’ jet pack features five microturbine engines.

That’s two jet engines on each arm and one additional engine on the back.

The jet suit can reach speeds of over 90km/h (55mph) and a height of about 12,000 feet.

Although these suits don’t see much practical use in the military, we might see more of them in the future as the technology gets more advanced.

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