The first time I saw this video you’re about to watch, I thought it was 100% fake.
However, after doing some research and finding out the origin of the video it’s completely authentic.
A video of a Royal Marine zooming in the air using a jet pack has gone viral.
The video took place while the United Kingdom’s Royal Marines were conducting NATO exercises earlier in the year.
Watch the moment it happened here:
Popular Mechanics had more on the story:
A video from last spring—depicting a Royal Marine using a jetpack to launch himself from a moving boat to land on a nearby patrol boat—started to spread like wildfire across social media this week, leaving people to wonder if any of it was real. It turns out that a number of western armies are experimenting with the very same jetpack, which also made an appearance in a recent NATO exercise.
The video was reposted dozens of times on social media, in some cases dubbed over with terrible music that made it seem even less legit. But the footage is actually real. It illustrates a maritime boarding exercise that saw a Royal Marine taking off from a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) and landing on the stern of the offshore patrol vessel HMS Tamar.
Watch a Royal Marine use a jet pack to fly over and board an enemy ship https://t.co/ipoSnTOfMJ
— Dominic Gates (@dominicgates) May 5, 2021
Task and Purpose covered the story too:
I hope you are ready for jet-powered Marines to attack the enemy as if they are Mandalorians because a new video from Gravity Industries shows what it may look like: an armed, bearded, jet-backpacked operator doing a high-flying hop from a rubber boat onto a ship in mere seconds.
“The footage speaks for itself,” the company wrote on YouTube after its successful demonstration of its Jet Suit, which gives an operator more than 1,000 horsepower of jet power literally at their fingertips.
“The vision with the Jet Suit is to provide extremely rapid access to any part of the target vessel, instantly freeing up hands to bear a weapon, and even retaining the capability to relocate on target or self-exfiltrate,” the company said in a news release. “This is increasingly seen as a revolution in tactical capability for many special forces and has much broader application beyond maritime boarding.”
Just imagine all of the technology the public isn’t allowed to see yet!