Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd (ST Kinetics) and Gibbs Amphibian Ltd. have signed a partnership agreement covering Gibbs’ Humdinga, 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.
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.
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.