British Army tests electric motorcycles for military airdrops


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The British Army is currently testing the tactical advantages of its new Sur-Ron Firefly electric motorcycle, which would be included in military airdrops with paratroopers.

With a peak power of around six kilowatts, the lightweight, stealth electric motorcycle produces much lower sound and thermal signatures than gasoline-powered motorcycles, making it suitable for military operations in hostile environments.

The Firefly can travel at a top speed of 40 to 45 miles (65 to 72 kilometers) per hour and is built with long-travel suspension and trail tires for rugged off-road riding.

The 47 kilogram (103 lb) motorcycle is equipped with upgradeable belt kits, allowing the drive chain to be a quieter carbon fiber reinforced belt for reduced noise.

The developers gave the electric motorcycle a lightweight design for airdrops from airplanes and helicopters.

“Need for air portability”

Captain of the British Air Assault Brigade Dan Lauder Recount American news site Elektrek that the Sur-Ron Firefly trials will provide a better understanding of the military advantages of the electric bicycle and how the British military could use them in ground missions.

He added that the exercises conducted in France could help the service identify the potential implications for allowing the bikes to work with other vehicles in service.

“One of the main reasons we are interested in using motorcycles is the need for air portability and, in particular, airdrops,” Lauder said. “The good thing about such a small vehicle is you can put it in the back of helicopters, you can put it under a helicopter, you can get several in the back of an airplane. , and then also, potentially, you could drop it from the back of an airplane under a parachute.

In addition to meeting the need for air portability within the military, the captain stressed that the new vehicle would provide the service with improved strategic mobility. The motorcycle could go “quite far, quite quickly and relatively easily”.

“Acquire increased military attention”

Last month, the United Arab Emirates Special Operations Command demonstrated how a pair of electric motorcycles can be side mounted on a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter using an external magazine support system.

In addition to the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, several countries are said to have integrated electric motorcycles in their parachute and special forces units. According to iNews, the Danish armed forces and another NATO member tested high-powered e-bikes for tactical purposes.

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