Griffon

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Argon Griffon
ClassM7 Frigate
Speed (Min-Max)56.5 - 124.2 m/s
Acceleration (Min-Max)6 - 11 m/s2
Steering (Min-Max)1.8 - 3.24 RPM
Hull Strength150,000
Max. Shield (Total)4 x 1 GJ (4,000 MJ)
Shield Reactor6,800 MW
Cargo Class (Min-Max)2,500 - 4,800 @ XL
Laser Capacitor74,000 MJ
Laser Recharge2,200 MW
                                                                                                         Main x 4
                                                                                                         Front x 4
                                                                                                         Top x 2
                                                                                                         Rear x 2
                                                                                                         Bottom x 2
Docking
9 M3+-M5
Argon Griffon Sentinel [Albion Prelude]
ClassM7C Carrier Frigate
Buy: @36,166,766 Cr
Speed (Min-Max)56.5 - 124.2 m/s
Acceleration (Min-Max)6 - 11 m/s2
Steering (Min-Max)1.8 - 3.2 RPM
Hull Strength600,000
Max. Shield (Total)4 x 1 GJ (4,000 MJ)
Shield Reactor6,800 MW
Cargo Class (Min-Max)2,500 - 4,800 @ XL
Laser Capacitor74,000 MJ
Laser Recharge2,200 MW
                                                                                                         Main x 4
                                                                                                         Front x 4
                                                                                                         Top x 2
                                                                                                         Rear x 2
                                                                                                         Bottom x 2
Docking
9 M3+-M5

Contents

[edit] Overview

The Griffon's tiny size makes it a very tough, compact brawler. It is deadly to fighters but on its own cannot cause appreciable damage to a capital ship. It has extensive docking facilities for fighters.

[edit] Background

The Griffon is an Argon prototype for a new type of light carrier, however due to design problems the original simply never got close to production. One prototype has been completed; its speed, shielding and weapon generator have all received substantial buffs, but many of its originally planned docking ports had to be given over to these improvements.

The Griffon is the Federal Argon Navy's attempt to provide a credible anti-fighter capability without endangering pilots. It can deploy a large number of MkII Fighter Drones quickly and then escape to safety.

[edit] Physical Characteristics

Very, very tiny for its class. Even smaller than the Yokohama, the Griffon is obviously Argon, with silver armor and smooth lines. Its design is a variation from traditional Argon ship design, but it still is decidedly Argon in appearance.

[edit] Combat

The Griffon can mount powerful anti-fighter loadouts, but it cannot use any anti-capital weaponry. It will chomp fighters left and right with its many flak mounts, and although it has trouble dealing with other frigates and larger threats due to its lack of heavy weapons, it can avoid enemy capital fire with ease. To take the fight back to a Capital class agressor will require an escort of anti capital ships.

It has several times the shielding than other M7C class ships. This, combined with it possessing the best turning speed, acceleration, small size, one of the best top speeds, easily the best laser recharge rate, shield recharge rate, the widest loadout options for its class makes it the general leader of the M7Cs, though it has the smallest hangar capacity and costs roughly twice as much.

The Sentinel variant replaces the original in AP and with it's vastly improved hull makes a great player ship. Equipped with Flaks (on the turrets) and Concussion Impulse Generators as main weapons it can easily defend itself against fighters and missiles and take out other M7s.

[edit] Equipment

Missiles

[edit] Availability

As of v3.0, the Griffon is available in vanilla as a reward for completing the Operation: Final Fury plotline.

In Albion Prelude, the Griffon Sentinel is available for purchase:

Availability
Variant Argon Prime Argon Sector M148 Cloudbase South East Legend's Home
Griffon Sentinel x x x x

[edit] Suggested Roles

The Griffon is an excellent candidate for a player ship, useful as a force projector with its hangar for 9 fighters, or as a standalone anti-fighter platform. These qualities help make the Griffon likely the best M7C in its class. It seems geared towards an escort role due to its speed and loadout. Could be a decent mid-level ID ship crippler with 4GJ shielding to the Cerberus' 3GJ (TC only, in AP both ships have 4GJ), having 4 main guns and 4 forward facing turrets both ID capable as well.

[edit] See Also


Ships by Class
Capital  M1M2 / M2+M7 / M7M / M7C
Escort  M6 / M6+M8
Fighter  M3 / M3+M4 / M4+M5
Transport  TLTS / TS+TPTM
M7 Ships
Argon  CerberusGriffon
ATF  Aegir
Boron  Thresher
Goner  none
Kha'ak  none
OTAS  Astraeus Hauler
Paranid  AgamemnonDeimos
Pirate  Carrack
Split  PantherTiger
Teladi  Shrike
Terran  Yokohama
Xenon  Q
Yaki  Akurei


Ships by Class
Capital  M1M2 / M2+M7 / M7M / M7C
Escort  M6 / M6+M8
Fighter  M3 / M3+M4 / M4+M5
Transport  TLTS / TS+TPTM
M7C Ships
Argon  Griffon
ATF  none
Boron  Guppy
Goner  none
Kha'ak  none
OTAS  none
Paranid  Ariadne
Pirate  none
Split  none
Teladi  Cormorant
Terran  Maccana
Xenon  none
Yaki  none
Argon Navigation
Core Sectors Argon Prime | Herron's Nebula | Home of Light | Legend's Home | Light of Heart | Montalaar | Omicron Lyrae | Red Light | Ringo Moon | The Wall
Border Sectors Aladna Hill | Albion Alpha | Albion Beta | Albion Delta | Albion Gamma | Akeela's Beacon | Antigone Memorial | Argon Sector M148 | Belt of Aguilar | Black Hole Sun | Cloudbase North West | Cloudbase South East | Cloudbase South West | Circle Of Labour | Elena's Fortune | Elysium of Light | Interworlds | Getsu Fune | Midnight Star | Nathan's Voyage | Nyana's Hideout | Ore Belt | Power Circle | President's End | The Hole | Three Worlds | Treasure Chest | Wastelands
Capital Ships M1: Colossus | M2: Titan | M2+: None | M7: Cerberus | M7C: Griffon | M7M: Minotaur
Fighters M3: Nova | M3+: Eclipse | M4: Buster | M4+: Elite | M5: Arrow, Discoverer, Starburst
Escort Ships M6: Centaur | M6+: Heavy Centaur | M8: Gladiator
Transports TL: Mammoth | TM: Magnetar | TP: Express, Phantom | TS: Mercury | TS+: Lotan
Shipyards Argon Prime | Argon Sector M148 | Cloudbase South East | Legend's Home | Light of Heart | Omicron Lyrae
Racial Wares Argnu Beef | Cloth Rimes | Meatsteak Cahoonas | Space Fuel