This is what happens when you strap a head-tracking rifle turret to a jet pack

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VIDEO: A jet suit with a head-tracking shoulder turret from Gravity Industries

Royal Marine reservist turned inventor Richard Browning's jet-powered Daedalus Mark 1 exoskeleton has earned him a reputation as a "real-life Iron Man," but the latest addition to his flying suit is a bit more akin to Col. James Rhodes' War Machine armor.


A YouTube video published on Oct. 7 shows Browning operating the Deadalus exoskeleton with a shoulder-mounted weapons turret consisting of a select-fire airsoft rifle controlled through movements of the suit's helmet, not unlike the helmet-mounted displays currently employed by the U.S. armed forces

The shoulder turret was fabricated by James Bruton, an engineer and 3D-printing expert, although Guns.com notes that Browning company Gravity Industries "made it clear that the addition of the weapon is merely for entertainment reasons only."

And with good reason: As you can tell from the video, the rifle turret's current configuration doesn't yet have the clearance to avoid potentially injuring an operator when rocking live ammo. Still, the sight of a shoulder-mounted weapons turret on an ostensible flying suit is exciting to watch.

Browning has been a busy bee in recent months when it comes to potential military applications of his tech. In late July, Gravity Industries conducted a short test flight from the Royal Navy's HMS Dasher (P280), launching from the patrol using his six-turbine rig and training vessel to a smaller rubber motorboat before circling the two.

"Being in command of Dasher while the Gravity Industries team were onboard was very different and a new challenge which I was honored to take on," Lieutenant Lauren Webber said in a statement at the time "Taking off and landing on the P2000 [Archer-class vessel] look so easy, despite the ship traveling at 20 knots."

The previous May, personnel from 539 Assault Squadron, 1 Assault Group Royal Marines (1AGRM) — the training unit responsible for small boat amphibious and riverine operations — tested out the Browning's jet-powered suit as part of its mission to reimagine the future of amphibious assaults.

"This has been about exploring how we can take surface [maneuver] forward and all the different technologies that are out there," as 1AGRM's commanding officer Col. Chris Haw told Maritime Executive at the time.

Does this mean that Royal Marines will start flying armed Daedalus jetpacks into battle? It seems unlikely at the moment, but it's good to see that the dreams of a real-life War Machine armor are alive and well.

(Air Force photo / Tech Sgt. Oneika Banks)

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Maj. Benjamin Carter told the Journal the most frequent diagnosis on the base is an anxiety disorder.

"It's not a surprise, but I anticipate about anytime in the population in America, about 20% of the population has some form of diagnosable anxiety disorder, and it's no different in the military," he said.

Leading the way among the anxiety disorders, he said, were post-traumatic stress disorder "or something like panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder."

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U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., a former A-10 pilot, and U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., both vowed to fight the move to retire 44 of the oldest A-10s starting this year.

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Accompanied by senior North Korean figures, Kim took two well-publicized rides on the snowy slopes of the sacred Paektu Mountain in October and December.

State media heralded the jaunts as important displays of strength in the face of international pressure and the photos of Kim astride a galloping white steed were seen around the world.

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