UK Armed Forces Eye E-Bikes for Tactical Combat

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Adopting Ukraine’s Electric Bikes in Combat: A Game-Changer in Modern Warfare Tactics?

The British Armed Forces, inspired by Ukraine’s innovative warfare techniques, are contemplating a shift in combat dynamics. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Chief Admiral Sir Tony Radakin recently highlighted the potential of rocket-equipped electric bikes. As the world watched Ukraine’s impressive use of these high-speed e-bikes against Russian tanks, the UK’s top military brass aims to redefine warfare mobility and efficiency, leveraging these two-wheeled wonders.

These bikes, manufactured locally in Ukraine, achieved feats considered unthinkable for a two-wheeler. Not only do they possess a range extending over 200 miles, but their throttle mechanism allows speeds up to 50 mph. They can handle tough terrains, thanks to their robust suspension system.

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The true combat potential of these bikes was unleashed when they were modified to carry the NLAW rockets, a formidable single-operator weapon capable of annihilating enemy tanks. While these rockets are designed for infantry, mounting them on an e-bike significantly extends their deployment range.

Electric bikes and e-motorcycles are not new in the military lexicon. The US tested electric mopeds by Huck Cycles, New Zealand trialed UBCO’s electric utility bikes, and Norway explored fat-tire electric bikes for their border patrols. Australian forces have also been experimenting with stealth electric bikes, leading to the advent of helicopter-mounted electric motorcycles in 2021. Europe and the Middle East’s elite forces have recognized the potential of electric bikes, marking a paradigm shift in warfare dynamics.

Adopting the electric bike strategy signifies a confluence of innovation, speed, and combat prowess. It’s more than mobility; it’s about redefining the modern battlefield,” stated a military expert. With the UK’s interest piqued it remains to be seen how these e-bikes will reshape the future of military combat.


 

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