LOCKHEED MARTIN & GIBBS’ High Speed Amphibious Vehicles

Gibbs Technologies and Lockheed Martin have agreed to develop a…

Gibbs Technologies and Lockheed Martin 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 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.

“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:
• 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.” Alan Gibbs founded Gibbs Technologies in New Zealand in 1996. Initial amphibian concept work was undertaken in 1997 and 1998 in Detroit.  In 1999, excited by the technology, Neil Jenkins merged his business to form Gibbs Technologies UK, of which Gibbs Military Amphibians is a licensee.

Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Lockheed Martin employs more than 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.


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  • eromlig

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  • Hi,
    Please can you send me as much info as you can about your ACC-R 35ft amphibian. I would like to know if you can do a version for passengers/cargo in either mode or both? Also I would like to know what sort of sea keeping qualities it has, its fuel consumption and how much it will cost?


    Martin Woolls.

  • James Simpson

    To whom it may concern,
    I am thinking, why is there not small missile launchers on the vehicle with a range of 15 to 60 miles. Also, a possible variant is literally a patrol boat sitting in the water in upto about 10 foot seas. Very Ambitious, but with development of a smaller version tank and small missile launcher with Talos type missiles on Apaches. I am looking for a weapons platform to expand the capabilities of the Littoral Combat Ship. My feeling is that with some design modification, we could have a combination tank or Small missile launch in engagements where a large area can be covered upto 200 miles off the coast. Also, have compartmental missiles where they can be switched to helocopters such as the Fire Scout. Also, increasing the lift capacity so if you have marine stuck a unmanned aircraft, can fly in quickly. Also, increase the development of floating missile platform boats like Soviet OSA boats. We want so juice to hand situations against less developed countries or in the war of the future if someone really did try to invade We could patrol up and down a coast or large lake or small sea. Operatives are amphibious, or low draft of less than 4 feet.

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  • John Smith

    Don’t let President Obama find out about this. He will cut the appropriations for them, or give them to some Moslem nation to use against us.

  • John Price

    I bet its not long before one of these appears in a James Bond film,talk about reality catching up with the movies.


    VERY COOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • HOW MUCH ?????