The Flying Soldier concept

On Bastille Day celebrations one, everyone saw the rocket / flying soldier , (could go well on Halloween or Comecon as The Green Goblin lol)


But the concept is not new as back in the 1950s, the Us Army experimented with the Lachner Aerocycle and the Hiller PZ-1

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So not that far fetched from the realms of science fiction.

Can anyone from the Infantry imagine themselves on the battlefield like this lol? Or would it be better for Herefords finest to use

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What possible use would it be?

If you want surveillance capability, a drone could do the same job. If it is as a strike platform, a drone can do it.
 
C4 works.......well only once though
 

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A concept of science fiction - Starship Troopers - Wikipedia

The problem is not just the noise, thereby giving away the position. It is also that while the kit may get you to a location, you may then need to discard it otherwise it becomes an encumbrance. At least with a form of mechanised transport, it drops you off and then retires, to be used again. I can see the appeal, and if it were a pre-cursor to a battle suit like that of Troopers above or of Iron Man fame then the propulsion technology is promising. But for actual battlefield conditions in the here and now? Don't see a practical use for it really.
 

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On Bastille Day celebrations one, everyone saw the rocket / flying soldier , (could go well on Halloween or Comecon as The Green Goblin lol)


But the concept is not new as back in the 1950s, the Us Army experimented with the Lachner Aerocycle and the Hiller PZ-1

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So not that far fetched from the realms of science fiction.

Can anyone from the Infantry imagine themselves on the battlefield like this lol? Or would it be better for Herefords finest to use

Cheers
I knowo the Booties are testing the Browning get up for fast insertion, but I think the Froggie one is somewhat better as you can actually fire on the move, whereas with the Browning Suit the jets on the arms mean the hands have be be protected with a shield that prevents you carrying anything in your paws.
 

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Don't see a practical use for it really.
The ability to scream 'To infinity, and beyond!' before smacking into the side of an adobe wall will never get dull.

It would have lots of practical uses.

In Afghan, all movement was observed by the enemy, more or less. Noise was irrelevant. However, that route to your FUP/objective/whatever that's laced with IEDs? What a waste of time for them eh? Whiiiiiz.

Yes, you'd eventually need to ditch them to actually attack but you cache them and leave a stag. No different from vehicles in that respect.

Herrick use for example:

Jackal out to AO.
Laager up and leave your stag.
Air platform to in depth FUP at speed avoiding all obstacles and enemy ambushes.
Ditch APs and advance on objective.
Scream glory for the Empire

Time saved, loads.
Distance covered, loads.
Energy and thus performance maintained, fighting fit and probably hyped up too.
Loss of life prevented, even one is worth it.
Enemy morale, shitting bricks.

I'd give it a shot!
 
Bearing in mind what can happen when a squaddie is handed the keys to something as sedate as a lanny...
 
The AR would still get the DAF-o-copter variant...
 
I knowo the Booties are testing the Browning get up for fast insertion, but I think the Froggie one is somewhat better as you can actually fire on the move, whereas with the Browning Suit the jets on the arms mean the hands have be be protected with a shield that prevents you carrying anything in your paws.
How long does the gravity rig last compared to the flying frog?

Browning is a real wee skinny chap, so can't imagine a fully tooled up royal will be getting very high
 

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As ever, Howard Tayler, writer and creator of Schlock Mercenary, got it right years ago:

Saturday 28 May 2011
 

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Right the Browning Suit is around $44,000 and has a flight time of around 10 minutes, though they hope to increase that.
The Zapata Flying Board is around $250,000 and has a flight time of 15 to 20 minutes
 
The RAF grown ups won't be happy that us army types can fly ourselves around...

It was bad enough when the Int Corps types at JARIC told the crabs that when drones came into service we'd control more airframes than Crab Air...

...cue an interservice spat of epic proportions. :)
 
Bearing in mind what can happen when a squaddie is handed the keys to something as sedate as a lanny...
Or something not-much-more complex....
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"Sooty" did it. Not his finest hour.

"What's that Sooty? You want a cabby. You sure? OK, you have control....."

STOOF!
 
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