The British Army is currently trialing battery-powered mountain bikes to determine if they can support covert military operations.
Inspired by Ukraine’s strategies, UK soldiers are experimenting to see if the Stealth H-52 electric bike can enable fighters to attack enemy positions undetected.
The vehicle reportedly costs around 6,500 pounds ($8,392) and has a range of 60 kilometers (37 miles).
Soldiers participating in the trial at Lulworth Range carried Carl-Gustaf shoulder-fired rifles to simulate a stealthy attack.
The e-bikes’ handlebars are also fitted with gun carriers to enable soldiers to easily reach their weapons.
Apart from their low cost, battery-powered motorcycles can reach speeds up to 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour.
They can also travel over rough terrain to reduce the risk of ambush on highways.
The Stealth H-52 bikes do not have pedals, chains, belts, or gears, keeping noise to a minimum.
Most importantly, the vehicle can be recharged on the battlefield, allowing users to support extended range missions.
Learning From Ukraine
The UK’s decision to trial e-bikes for frontline operations was inspired by lessons from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Throughout the war, Ukrainians have utilized modern and creative means to outsmart their opponents and respond to threats more effectively.
During the early days of the invasion, Kyiv’s forces used Delfast electric bikes to attack Russian tanks.
The bikes have a range of 200 kilometers (124 miles) and are reportedly quieter than the British Stealth H-52.