Ukrainian electric motorcycle company Delfast has seen its e-bikes used for a wide variety of tasks, such as breaking Guinness World Records and equipping Mexican police. But their latest use is perhaps the bikes’ most important mission yet: helping Ukrainian soldiers deliver a David vs. Goliath blow against Russia’s barbaric invasion of their country.
The image below shows one of the many Delfast e-bikes that have been supplied to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, who are currently using them to defend their country against the Russian onslaught that has been going on for over two months.
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Electric bikes, which have working pedals allowing them to push their range to more than 200 miles (320 km), have enough speed and power to border on electric mountain bike territory.
A hand throttle means riders can use the pedals as footrests when needed, instead focusing on maintaining speed and navigating tricky terrain.
When pushed hard, the bikes can reach speeds as high as 50 mph (80 km/h).
Their long-travel suspension and ability to haul heavy loads made them particularly useful for navigating forest trails or for landing when trails are non-existent.
The motorcycles used by the Ukrainian defenders have been modified to carry NLAW rockets, or next-generation light anti-armour weapons, which are specially designed to allow a single operator to destroy an enemy tank.
The rockets are designed to be man-portable and carried by infantry, but the 12.5 kg (28 lb) weapon is much easier to carry over long distances when carried in the rear of an electric bike.
These man-portable anti-tank weapons are a game-changer in Ukraine’s fight to defend its sovereign territory against a Russian takeover, but their use is not without significant risk.
Real life isn’t like Counterstrike, and it’s not a video game. Getting into position in an open area to fire an NLAW or similar US Javelin missile is extremely risky, often exposing the operator to the enemy tank’s main gun or multiple heavy machine guns. Using a high-powered e-bike to quickly and quietly reach a firing position can significantly reduce soldier exposure and improve prospects for mission success.
In fact, Ukrainian forces are already using several types of light electric two-wheelers in creative capacities to help repel invading Russian forces.
Another local Ukrainian company, ELEEK, has also supplied its country’s armed forces with quiet and powerful electric motorcycles for use on the battlefield.
In this case, electric motorcycles were requested for use by sniper teams.
They offer similar benefits to these e-bike carriers from NLAW in that they help Ukrainian operators quietly reach a firing position in less time than on foot.
One of the bikes can be seen below, demonstrating their fast and light riding style.
Electric motorcycles and e-bikes are quickly becoming a mainstream tool used by militaries around the world.
As early as 2018, we learned that the Norwegian Armed Forces had started testing fat-tire e-bikes during border guard patrols.
Patrol roles were also taken by the New Zealand Defense Force in 2020 when they began testing UBCO’s electric utility bikes.
Australian soldiers have been documenting stealth electric bikes since last year, and we also saw the first application of helicopter-mounted electric motorcycles last year in an application designed for the rapid insertion of special operators on dirt bikes. low-signature electrics.
Several special forces units in Europe and the Middle East have also tested high-powered electric ATVs for field use, with paratroopers even launching electric dirt bikes onto the battlefield.
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