Hippogriff 504 Dropship

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Highlights

Flag State: Terran Democratic Republic
Civilian Ship: No
Type: Hover Personnel Carrier
Purpose: Military Transport

Key Figures

Length: 12,1 m
Width: 5,95 m
Height: 3,66 m
Crew: 3 (pilots, weapons), 12 passengers
Compartments: 1

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Basic Description

The Hippogriff 504 is the result of 3 years of intensive research into what troops would need most in planetary combat against the Gohorn. Realizing that sometimes an AHPC isn't enough for a retreat, or an insertion, the Hippogriff was designed so that it could drop the necessary troops- plus an AHPC- under even the heaviest fire, and in all atmospheres.

Produced using combat data and analyses of what troops needed most in ground combats and rapid drops against the enemy, the Hippogriff was designed to drop a full team plus an underslung AHPC from an altitude of up to 5,000 kilometres, and has even been equipped with 3 point defence lasers, to maximize chance of survival in heavy fire.

The Hippogriff is a tough ship, and has been approved for usage in in all non-corrosive atmospheres, and is deployed directly from starship to ground, dropping AHPCS and equivalent at a safe altitude along the way. Heavy but surprisingly fast, the Hippogriff was designed specifically for rapid Insertion and Extraction Missions, and has no other supporting roles.

It can double as a rapid Extraction Vehicle as well, being equipped with a modernized HALO system, and has facilities aboard it for rapid "insertion" in the form of grav-chutes, should the 'ship be compromised and the crew still alive.

Currently only several, specialised "Drop" Infantry Divisions have been given them for field testing. Usage in the Combat Zone is planned for the near future. Capable of deploying 12 Peacekeepers and 1 AHPC simultaneously, a Hippogriff can, with some support, help establish a beachhead much faster than was previously possible with older variants of the Dropship model still in circulation.

It can also be used to deploy heavier Artillery and Tanks, but at the cost of infantry space.

Hover Propulsion System

Manufacturer: Majol Military Consortium - Propulsion Division, Mars
Model: PHP 465 Ion Reactors
Ground Lift: 5,000 m
Normal Speed: 200 km/h
Emergency Speed: 240 km/h
Maximum Speed: 260 km/h

Laser System

Forward Laser Turrets: 1
Model: .25 PDL
Manufacturer: Majol Military Consortium, Mars
Firing Arc: 180 degree(s)
Firepower: 0,4 TW
Starboard Laser Turrets: 1
Model: .25 PDL
Manufacturer: Majol Military Consortium, Mars
Firing Arc: 180 degree(s)
Firepower: 0,4 TW
Port Laser Turrets: 1
Model: .25 PDL
Manufacturer: Majol Military Consortium, Mars
Firing Arc: 180 degree(s)
Firepower: 0,4 TW
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