15 April 2007
15 April 2007
Lockheed Martin and Gibbs Technologies have agreed to develop a family of high speed amphibious vehicles designed specifically for military operations.
The militarized High Speed Amphibians (HSAs) will use technology from a fleet of prototype amphibious vehicles developed by Gibbs Technologies for consumer use, including the Gibbs Aquada, a three-person sports car, Gibbs Humdinga, a four-wheel military vehicle, and Gibbs Quadski, an amphibious all terrain vehicle.
Gibbs' composites-rich technology enables amphibians to travel at speeds over 45 mph on water and over 100 mph on land - and to transition from water-to-land or land-to-water in five seconds. These features provide a much needed capability for military littoral, riverine and special operations.
""HSAs are high performance craft on the water, and high performance vehicles 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"".
Gibbs and Lockheed Martin are developing three military concept vehicles, representing a scalable capability to meet various missions.
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