US Special Forces may soon be equipped with stealth motorcycles
// June 14th, 2013 // Futuristic Technology
We have to disclose right up front that these two-wheeled beasts will not be made available to the general public – at least not yet. Zero Motorcycles, maker of motorcycles for security and law enforcement agencies, has announced that the US Special Operations Forces may be equipped with stealthy, silent off-road motorcycles, the MMX, that can travel silently, operate underwater in depths up to 3 feet, and peer through the darkness with infrared lighting systems. According to RT:
“With a keyless ignition, blackout capabilities, no intake or exhaust, and replaceable battery packs, the MMX motorcycle can travel quickly, efficiently, and nearly soundlessly – even on rough terrain. Zero Motorcycles developed the vehicle under US military contract. The vehicle is painted a matte black, which allows the machine to appear inconspicuous and disappear in the dark.”
The modular battery packs power the bike for about two hours and can be swapped out in less than 60 seconds. Zero Motorcycles says that a fleet of the super bikes is currently undergoing full operational testing for the US Special Operations Forces.
Will they be available for the public? Not quite but the news is not totally bleak:
“The great news for our civilian customers is that we made the decision to incorporate into our 2013 MX, FX, and XU retail motorcycles virtually all of the powertrain enhancements associated with satisfying this project’s stringent military requirements. Our 2013 product is truly ‘military grade’!”
The civilian modules will start at $9,495.
Sources: RT, Zero Motorcycles
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