Indian Army Looks to Deploy Soldiers with Rocket Packs for Enhanced Mobility

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The Indian Army is exploring the use of rocket packs to enhance soldiers’ mobility during deployments and provide a new mode of transport beyond the current vehicles in use. In January, the Indian Army invited tenders for the development of 48 jet packs, which could provide soldiers with a significant advantage on the battlefield. Although it is unclear which company will ultimately manufacture the ordered units, Absolute Composites has already showcased its rocket backpacks for military units at the Aero India 2023 event.

A futuristic, electric rival to the rocket backpack is already in operation

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The electric “jetpack”, dubbed SkyPack, is not yet in its final form, but its first prototype has been successfully tested. The Jet Suit from rocket backpack developer Gravity Industries is increasingly popping up to prove its effectiveness in special circumstances, such as during military operations or rescue work.