The Indian army recently tested the jetpack technology to enhance their surveillance and combat capabilities in the border areas with China. This technology has been procured as an emergency measure in sensitive areas including northern Ladakh.
In a video tweeted by the Indian Aerospace Defence News, Richard Browning, the founder of Gravity Industries, was seen giving a demo of the jetpack system. The video showed him flying over a water body, fields, and buildings in Agra.
The demonstration of this new technology started in the Indian Army Airborne Training School, in Agra. According to an official statement, the school trains the army in the aerial delivery of people and materials. Besides, the place also carries out research in the area of para-dropping and air portability.
Earlier it was reported that the Indian army had requested the procurement of 48 jet packs. This request was made under emergency procurement through the fast-track procedure. According to another report, it was later found out that a company named Absolute Composite Private Limited, which claims to have jet suits with 70 percent indigenized content, has sent a proposal to the army.
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“The suits can be used in situations where vehicles are not accessible and where waiting for a vehicle is not feasible. This can revolutionise the relief and rescue missions.” said one of the manufacturers.
About Absolute Composite Pvt. Ltd.
The requested manufacturing company is a Bengaluru-based start-up. The jetpack suit has a turbo engine at the back and it uses five engines. Weighing three kilograms, the jetpack can carry an individual who weighs not more than 80 kilograms. Reports suggest that the jet pack can fly over 10 kilometres in 10 minutes.
“We had not pitched into the armed forces. There was a Request For Proposal (RFP) from the Army. We have responded and demonstrations are due coming next week we are planning to go and demonstrate to them. If we qualify, take their requirements and we may have an opportunity to supply. We are excited about it,” said Raghav Reddy, Managing Director, of Absolute Composite.