GRN-1S Griffin

Category:
transport/conveyance
Description:

Mass: 55 tons
Chassis: Earthwerks GRF
Power Plant: CoreTek 275
Cruising Speed: 54 kph
Maximum Speed: 86 kph
Jump Jets: Rawlings 55
Jump Capacity: 150 meters
Armor: Starshield A
Armament:

  • 1 Fusigon Particle Projectile Cannon
  • 1 Delta Dart Long Range Missile Ten-Rack

Manufacturer: Earthwerks Incorporated, Defiance Industries, Kallon Industries
Primary Factory: Keystone (Earthwerks), Hesperus II (Defiance), Talon (Kallon)
Communications System: Neil 6000
Targeting and Tracking System: Octagon Tartrac, System C

Overview

One of the first designs to fill the void between the massive Mackie and the smaller recon ’Mechs, the Griffin was considered an advanced design for the time. With the mobility of a recon unit and the firepower and armor of a heavy ’Mech, Earthwerks’ creation reigned supreme on the battlefield for a brief period. Then everything else caught up, leaving the Griffin filling the role of a mobile fire-sup- port unit.

Capabilities

Fast and equipped with substantial long-range striking power, the Griffin is a favorite of pilots and commanders. With two tons of ammo for the missile launcher and almost ten tons of armor, the Griffin has staying power as long as the pilot watches heat levels. The only notable weaknesses the ’Mech possesses are the lack of short- ranged weapons and the concentration of weaponry on the right side. A Lyran Griffin and Black Knight battled a Davion Grasshopper and Trebuchet on New Earth in the Second Succession War over a cache of Stingrays. With the Griffin providing fire support, the Knight closed but collapsed after inflicting massive damage. When a well-placed PPC shot detonated the Trebuchet’s ammunition, the combat became a duel between two abused ’Mechs. Damage to the ’Mechs’ legs limited their mobility, and both kept collapsing. The Griffin finally backed off and used its PPC to finish the crippled Grasshopper. After the battle, the exhausted MechWarriors found their efforts were moot—a treaty hammered out by diplomats gave the fighters back to the Free Worlds League.

Deployment

Any major military will have Griffins on their roster. The Capellan Confederation is the only great House not manufacturing the design, but they are able to purchase a limited number from the Taurian Concordat.

Variants

The only production variant is made on Hesperus II by Defiance Industries. The GRN-1S downgrades the PPC to a large laser and the LRM-10 rack to a five-tube rack but adds a pair of medium lasers and four additional heat sinks. This has turned the Griffin from a long-range support ’Mech into a medium-range brawle

Bio:

GRN-1S Griffin

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