Hoverboard carrying gun toting flying soldier joins Frances biggest military parade for Bastille Day Try Independent Minds free for 1 month French Armed Forces Minister hails itas assault platform of the future A French inventor has shown off a jet powered hoverboardduring the annual military parade inFrance. Frank Zapata, a former JetSki champion and army reservist, flew above the crowds carrying a rifle in a demonstration of the potential military applications of his Flyboard invention. European leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, applauded the Flyboardas it passed overhead. French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parlysaid the technology could be used to create flying soldiers that could take to the battlefields in the future. She told France Inter radio that the Flyboard can allow tests for different kinds of uses, for example as a flying logistical platform or, indeed, as an assault platform. The fly by of the so called “flying soldier” appeared alongside more than 4,000 armed forces and 100 aircraft duringthe Bastille Day celebrations, which were marked with violence as . Capable of flying at speeds of up to 190 km/h, the Flyboardwas originally developed to fly over water but has since been adapted to also work on land. The Flyboard has already received funding from the French military for its development, while Mr Zapata has also worked closely with the US military to explore combat applications. A version of the Flyboard was featured in in 2018, revealing that it could cost up to dollar 250,000 to deploy one unit. Mr Zapatanext plans to fly his hoverboard over the English Channel on 25 July – exactly 110 years after the first aerial crossing of the Channel. With a flight time of only 10 minutes, the Flyboard will need to be refuelled in mid air throughout the crossing. Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends Register with your social account or to log in You can find our Community Guidelines in full Create a commenting name to join the debate Create a commenting name to join the debate Create a commenting name to join the debate You can find our Community Guidelines in full Create a commenting name to join the debate Create a commenting name to join the debate Create a commenting name to join the debate Enter your email to follow new comments on this article. Are you sure you want to submit this vote? Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Are you sure you want to delete this comment?