Electric motorcycles are increasingly gaining favor with armed forces around the world. The final example is that of the popular Sur Ron Firefly tested for use in military airdrops.
The exercises are currently underway and are being carried out by the UK’s 16th Air Assault Brigade.
Motorcycle news Laura Thompson was fortunate enough to join the Soldiers during a recent drill which took place in France.
In it, she reported on the tactical advantages offered by light and stealth electric motorcycles.
With around 6 kW (8 hp) of peak power, the bikes reach top speeds of around 40 to 45 mph (65 to 72 km / h). They are built with long-travel suspension and trail tires that make them well suited for rough off-road riding.
We’ve seen Sur Rons maneuver gasoline bikes time and time again, often beating them in organized races.
Perhaps most importantly for military applications, Sur Ron bikes do all of this with much lower sound and thermal signatures. They idle 100% silently and are significantly quieter at full throttle.
Upgradeable belt kits like those from Gates Carbon Drive which replace the drive chain with a quieter carbon fiber reinforced belt further reduce the sound signature.
The feature that helped Sur Ron bikes make the final cut for this drill with the The UK’s 16 Air Assault Brigade was the lightweight bikes, just 47 kg (103 lbs).
This lightweight design makes them better suited for aerial use, such as airdrops from airplanes and helicopters.
This is exactly what Captain Dan Lauder explained:
The experiment aims to understand two things. How might we tactically use bikes and what advantages do they offer over other vehicles, and what the implications are for providing them with energy and interacting 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, air drop. The advantage of such a small vehicle is that it can be mounted in the back of helicopters; you can ride it from a helicopter; you could have several in the back of an airplane, and then also, potentially, you could drop them from the back of an airplane under a parachute.
So that gives you a whole host of options to be able to move mobility forward in an expeditionary sense, in a way that a jeep or even a quad just can’t do. So that’s the main reason we as an air assault brigade are interested in it, because it has what we call good strategic mobility. You can get a motorcycle pretty far, pretty quickly, relatively easily.
Electric motorcycles are gaining more military attention
It is certainly not the first time that electric motorcycles have been explored for military use and on the battlefield.
Last month, we reported that UAE Special Operations Forces were testing the use of Zero Electric Motorcycles mounted on Black Hawk helicopters for the rapid insertion of stealth reconnaissance troops.
A month earlier, we covered several special operations forces testing high-powered e-bikes for tactical use, some even equipped with solar panels for charging in the field.
UBCO’s all-wheel-drive electric motorcycles are also being evaluated by the New Zealand Defense Force for use on patrol, where their low-signature operations have proven to be key benefits.
Electric motorcycles are taking off in the commercial sector as more and more bikers discover their benefits, but now we also see that the military are increasingly looking to new technology to take advantage of the unique characteristics of motorcycles. stealth electrics.
Do you know of any other cases of electric motorcycles and e-bikes being written? Let us hear it in the comments section below!
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