Continued Partnership and Growth

Colmek continues to engineer and manufacture solutions for various prime defense contractors and military end-users. They choose Colmek for the remarkable value, speed, agility, and performance that have been the hallmark of the company for over 40 years. Whether meeting the unique requirements of missions in the naval domain, or elsewhere, Colmek is uniquely ready for the task.


Acquisition of Thermite® Brand

In order to better serve the needs of its customers, Colmek acquired the Thermite® line of rugged embedded computers from Quantum3D. Colmek has since improved the product line and married it with its in-house hardware and software engineering capabilities to provide customers value and performance they won't find elsewhere. Learn more about our Ruggedized Computers.


Merger with Coda Octopus Group

Coda Octopus Group, whose portfolio of businesses include other pioneers in underwater imaging, mapping, defense systems, and survey applications, acquired Colmek Systems Engineering in 2007. The company was renamed Coda Octopus Colmek.


Phalanx Close-In-Weapon-System

Colmek played in important role in the modernization of the Mk-15 Phalanx CIWS by rapidly designing and delivering Ratheon a replacement VME Chassis, backplane, advanced monitoring application, and other components that greatly increased performance. Colmek has successfully serviced this contract since. Read the  Phalanx CIWS Case Study.


Mine Detection Systems Development

Colmek become involved working on mine detection systems in 1992. In 1995 Colmek developed a faster, more reliable, and more efficient recorder for the AQS-14 (now the AN/AQS-24). Colmek has provided hardware and upgrades for this system to the satisfaction of Northrop Grumman for decades. Read the AN/AQS-24 Case Study.


Discovery of Titanic and Bismarck

As part of its work with Robert Ballard at WHOI, and under contract from the U.S. Navy, Colmek played a central role in the discovery of the RMS Titanic at 12,500 ft. depth and later the German battleship Bismarck at nearly 16,000 ft. Colmek telemetry systems and staff were involved in both historic discoveries.


Colmek Founded

Colmek was founded in 1977 to perform an experimental mission surveying and collecting manganese from the ocean floor off the coast of Hawaii. Colmek Systems Engineering, continued to develop deep-sea telemetry and data systems for remotely operated underwater vehicles. It's customers in those early years included AT&T, U.S. Geological Survey, Johns Hopkins University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), and the U.S. Navy.

Key Team Members

Kevin J. Kane

Chief Executive Officer

Jason Martin

Chief Technology Officer

Jim Balent

Director, Programs

John DeLeo

Director, Business Development