GIBBS TECHNOLOGIES (Quad Ski) TO DEVELOP MILITARY HIGH SPEED AMPHIBIANS
New Zealand founded company Gibbs Technologies has announced an agreement to develop a family of high speed amphibious military vehicles with Lockheed Martin, the largest U.S manufacturer of technology and defence products.
The militarised High Speed Amphibians (HSAs) have their genesis in Gibbs Technologies’ consumer range of HSA vehicles that includes the Aquada, Quadski, and Humdinga.Gibbs Technologies and Lockheed Martin are developing three cutting edge concept vehicles for military use:
• The Amphibious Combat Craft – Expeditionary (ACC-E) is a 20-foot amphibian capable of 72 kph on the water and 129 kph on land;
• The Amphibious Combat Craft – Riverine (ACC-R) is a 35-foot amphibian capable of 65 kph on the water and 105 kph on land;
• The Terraquad, capable of 89 kph on the water and 80 kph on land.
Gibbs’ leading edge technology is invaluable to military applications as it enables amphibians to travel at up to 40 knots on water and over 100 kph on land – while they can transition from water to land and vice versa in just five seconds.
“HSAs are high performance craft whether on water or on the ground and the transition between the two is seamless” says Alan Gibbs, Chairman of Gibbs Technologies. “These are true amphibians, combining the best of both worlds”.
The militarised HSAs utilising this technology, along with advanced command and control capability and armour and weapon systems, will deliver significant benefits to21st century military forces.
“Until now, our Navy and Special Forces have taken on great risk with sea-to-shore insertions, largely due to a transition period that can last an hour or more in vulnerable areas,” said Rich Lockwood, Lockheed Martin’s vice president for Mission Systems. “HAS removes that risk, allowing forces to move more safely and faster – and with capabilities that make it a power asset in a net-enabled force”.
The military HSA will also have sophisticated networking ability that will enable the craftto share and distribute a variety of information from onboard and remote sensors. Each craft will be able to accommodate a range of weapon systems, based on specific mission requirements.
The agreement with Lockheed Martin is a validation of almost a decade of technological innovation from Gibbs Technologies, its New Zealand-born founder Alan Gibbs and British partner Neil Jenkins.
“Teaming with the world’s largest defence technology developer is an endorsement of our research and product development over the last several years” says Gibbs. “It is an important achievement for our HSA technology”.
The announcement of the agreement was made by Lockheed Martin today (April 2) at the Sea/Air/Space Navy League conference in Washington .
Headquartered in Bethesda , Maryland , Lockheed Martin employs more than 140,000 people internationally and had total sales in 2006 of $US 39.6 Billion. They are world leaders in the research, design and production of advanced technology and defence systems, products and services.
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