It may sound like something from a super hero movie. You may even think this concept has been ripped right out of a comic book but there is every possibility of our Royal Marines being equipped with invisibility suits and flying wings in the future.
When I first watched Sean Connery escape from the villains in Thunderball with the aid of a jet pack, it blew my mind. Yet here we are now with Richard Browning's Jet Suit and other variations on this theme.
It seems the young boffins at the UK Naval Engineering Science and Technology Forum have futuristic plans for our elite troops. These plans could see stealthy Commandos flying into battle using flying wings and invisible suits.
Graduates at the centre were briefed on designing innovative new ways for a crack team of commandos to launch an assault on an enemy missile site on a clifftop. With this scenario in mind and with access to existing technology, they got to work.
The young engineers spent a full day at the Commando Traning Centre in Lympstone working on this scenario. Everyone of them were pushing the boundaries of this concept with innovative thought and design.
Some of the ideas included:
- Exoskelton suits covered by chameleon-like skin that enabled them to blend into their environment
- Ekranoplan flying wings enabling marines to fly across the ocean at over 100 miles per hour
- Soldier hologram technology that can be used as a decoy on enemy troops
- Helmets with head-ups displying the latest battlefield intel, health and fitness levels
- Boots that harness and covert energy from running to charge and power equipment
- Remote Drones that would gain intel and drop ammunition
All of this may sound like something Star Trek but there was a time when landing on the moon sounded like this too. The objective has been to take existing technology and radical thought with a view to making marines more agile and lethal.
The future of soldiering could be on the verge of a futuristic shift. The age of the invisible flying soldier could be about to dawn but the question is, do we embrace this shift or is it all pie in the sky so to speak.