New Amphibian Tailored for Homeland Security, Disaster Relief

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In addition to first responder and humanitarian uses, Humdinga also have the potential to provide military units with specialized capabilities as well as many general transport applications. Photo: Gibbs Amphibians

Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd (ST Kinetics) and Gibbs Amphibian Ltd. have signed a partnership agreement covering GibbsHumdinga, an amphibious truck, which ST Kinetics intends to use as part of its plan to enhance its offering of smart disaster relief and first responder solutions.

In addition to first responder and humanitarian uses,  Humdinga also have the potential to provide military units with specialized capabilities as well as many general transport applications. Photo: Gibbs Amphibians
In addition to first responder and humanitarian uses, Humdinga also have the potential to provide military units with specialized capabilities as well as many general transport applications. Photo: Gibbs Amphibians

Equally adept over land and water, the Humdinga is designed to make transitions from land to water modes within seconds, offering almost seamless travel between land and water. Swiftly configurable for cargo and passenger-carrying purposes, the Humdinga is ideal for disaster relief agencies and first responders to bring relief to difficult-to-access areas through both land and water.

“With the Humdinga, we have expanded our stable of unique and versatile solutions for disaster relief and first responder emergency vehicles.” Patrick Choy, EVP & Chief Marketing Officer, ST Kinetics

Designed by Gibbs, the Humdinga integrates more than two decades of experience in amphibious vehicle development for transportation and recreational applications. Featuring Gibbs’ proprietary High Speed Amphibian technology, the Humdinga incorporates innovations in vehicle suspension, water propulsion and wheel-retraction design. Equally capable of off-road driving and water travel, the Humdinga boasts highway-capable speeds on land and in excess of 50km/h on water.

Gibbs' HSA technology can be applied to amphibians of all sizes – from 800 pounds to 10 tons.  It solves the persistent challenges of land-sea borders around the world, such as beachhead landings or crossing waterways and lakes. Photo: Gibbs Amphitrucks
Gibbs’ HSA technology can be applied to amphibians of all sizes – from 800 pounds to 10 tons. It solves the persistent challenges of land-sea borders around the world, such as beachhead landings or crossing waterways and lakes. Photo: Gibbs Amphitrucks

Humdinga complements disaster relief and response vehicles from ST Kinetics, like its ExtremV all-terrain emergency response vehicle based on the ‘Bronco’, to meet the needs for first responder operations, emergency rescue, medical evacuation, emergency personnel transportation and even essential supplies transportation. Specifically, Humdinga fills the gap in the area of mitigating devastating water-related humanitarian emergencies and in gaining access to areas unreachable by land transportation.

“This new partnership signals a significant step for Gibbs, ST Kinetics and the future of transport. After over 15 years development and over US$200m invested, Gibbs has removed the land/water boundary for transport and created a whole new generation of High Speed Amphibians. That boundary between land and water just isn’t there anymore. ST Kinetics has recognised this and they are poised to capitalise on the opportunity.” Neil Jenkins, Chairman and founder of Gibbs Amphibians said.