BRIT troops use “shoot-and-scoot” tactics with bicycles and rocket-propelled grenades learned in the fight against the Taliban.
Tank kill teams will ride e-bikes with missiles slung over their shoulders, while Top Brass combines urgent lessons from Afghanistan and Ukraine on the battlefield.
Soldiers from the Army’s Experimental and Trial Unit have been testing the electric dirt bikes to ferry assault teams to and from sorties.
Taliban fighters used cheap Chinese motorcycles and Russian rocket shells to attack British troops and then advance.
The heroic defenders of Ukraine have also used “small-unit tactics” to sneak up on Russian armored columns and attack them with shoulder-launched missiles.
The Army said its new e-bikes would “make most elite soldiers more agile, deadly, mission-ready and resilient.”
The Australian-made stealth bikes have top speeds of 50mph and a range of more than 35 miles.
The Sun witnessed troops using motorcycles armed with Carl Gustaf Mk4 recoilless shoulder rifles to ambush a Russian T-72 tank at a training ground in Lulworth, Dorset.
Bicycles give front-line troops “excellent tactical mobility” without the roar of a regular motorcycle or the heat signature of a standard engine that could give away the soldiers’ position.
They added, “The e-bike allows for faster and deeper movement than is currently possible with in-house platforms, allowing for depth in high-speed patrol rides.”
The motorcycles were originally introduced to lure sniper teams into their hideouts near enemy lines.
They were so successful that their role was expanded to include anti-tank teams and signalers.
It is also being tested as a low-tech way for soldiers to shuttle between allied positions to deliver personal messages when enemy jammers are blocking radios.
Insurgents in southern Afghanistan routinely used bicycles to sneak up on British patrols in the Helmand province badlands.
An Army spokesman said: “The e-bike experiment demonstrates that the capability will improve mobility and decision-making on the battlefield, making our elite soldiers more agile, deadly, deployable and resilient.”
The Carl Gustaf Mk4 missile was made as a counterpart to the missiles sent to Ukraine.
A source said: “It will defeat a range of threats on the modern battlefield and further increase our lethality.”
“The system is used by dismounted melee troops to destroy, defeat, or suppress enemies dug into positions, buildings, or troopsVehicles and tanks at ranges of up to 1500m.”