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' 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.
Gibbs and Lockheed Martin are developing three military concept
vehicles, representing a scalable capability to meet various missions:
- The Amphibious Combat Craft -- Expeditionary (ACC-E) is a 20-foot
amphibian capable 45 mph on the water and 80 mph on land;
- The Amphibious Combat Craft -- Riverine (ACC-R) is a 35-foot amphibian
capable of 40 mph on the water and 65 mph on land; and,
- The Terraquad, capable of over 55 mph on the water and 50 mph on land.
Gibbs and Lockheed Martin will advance the development by integrating
expeditionary command and control capability, armor and weapons systems.
The military version will have network ability to share and distribute
information from onboard and remote sensors. The craft will be able to
accommodate a variety of weapons systems, based on specific mission needs.
"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
Maritime Systems & Sensor's vice president for Mission Systems. "HSA
minimizes that risk, allowing forces to move safer and faster -- and with
capabilities that make it a powerful asset in a net-enabled force."