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Gryphon
Arma3-render-gryphon
Faction AAF
Type Multi-Role Fighter Jet
Seats 1 seat:
  • 1× Pilot
Item capacity Max: 500 kg
  • 6× Weapons
  • 24× Magazines
  • 6× Backpacks
Top speed ~ 1,015 km/h
Service ceiling 12,000 m
Fuel capacity 1550 L
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× M61 Minigun 20 mm
  • 2× AMRAAM C AA [Default]
  • 2× Macer II AGM [Default]
  • 2× BIM-9X AA [Default]
Secondary armament Targeting:
  • 1× Laser Designator

Defensive:

  • 240× Countermeasures (Flares/Chaff)
Variants None
Games
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The A-149 Gryphon is a light multi-role fighter/attack jet used by the AAF in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Jets DLC.

Overview

  • Roles:
    • Combat air patrol
    • Close air support
« The A-149 Gryphon is a fourth-generation, single-seat, single-engine, and all-weather tactical fighter jet. The aircraft was designed as a multi-role platform at an affordable cost, and unlike some of the larger air-superiority jets, it can also perform well in low-altitude flight. Despite its aging platform, the A-149 has still been upgraded with the newest sensors and weapons systems.
Field Manual
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Design

A single-engined conventional jet fighter, the Gryphon uses a mixture of canard control surfaces and a delta-shaped wing design.

Armament
The Gryphon is armed with a 20 mm minigun as part of its standard armament. It has 250 rounds of high-explosive (HE) shells loaded by default.

The Gryphon has six pylons (three on each wing) that support dynamic loadouts.

  • The two inner pylons (1-2) support:
    • AMRAAM C (1×)
    • AMRAAM C (2×)
    • BIM-9X (1×)
    • BIM-9X (2×)
    • Macer II (1×)
    • Macer II (2×)
    • GBU-12 (1×)
    • GBU-12 (2×)
    • CBU-85 (1×)
    • BL778 (1×)
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A-149 pylon configuration

  • The two pylons in the middle of each wing (3-4) only support:
    • AMRAAM C (1×)
    • BIM-9X (1×)
    • Macer II (1×)
  • The two wingtip pylons (5-6) can only support either of the following missiles:
    • AMRAAM C (1×)
    • BIM-9X (1×)

It also has an externally fitted targeting pod with an integrated laser designator which can provide self-designation capability when used in-conjunction with guided munitions like the GBU-12.

Drawbacks
Though it possesses a targeting pod just like its high-tech counterparts, the camera on the Gryphon's targeting pod is forward-facing only. As a result, it cannot be fully rotated in all directions.

At the same time, because the Gryphon is a conventionally-designed plane like the Buzzard as opposed to being a modernised stealth fighter on the same level as its NATO and CSAT equivalents, it lacks the ability to store munitions internally and has a larger radar signature.

With its combination of lacklustre avionics, the inability to perform SEAD missions, or the agility of the CSAT To-201, the Gryphon will always lose to its modern counterparts in both Beyond Visual Range (BVR) and Within Visual Range (WVR) air-to-air dogfights. But it does however, possess a greater chance of survival compared to the Buzzard since it has much better agility and avionics.

Crew Capacity
The Gryphon only contains a single seat (for the pilot). It is unable to transport any passengers or additional crew.

Camouflage

  • Grey: Pattern-less scheme that uses a flat light grey paint colour.
  • Digital Green [Camo]: Digitised three-tone green/olive semi-fractal camouflage pattern.
  • Digital Grey [Camo]: Digitised two-tone white/grey semi-fractal camouflage pattern.

Stealth

The Gryphon is not designed with stealth as a focus, though some aspects of its airframe allow it to retain semi-stealth capability in all areas (radar/infrared/visually):

RCS

The Gryphon has a radar cross-section rating of 0.8, which lowers the maximum detection range of active radars by 20%.

IR

The Gryphon has reduced visibility on the infrared spectrum, and can only be detected at 90% of an infrared-based sensor's maximum range (factor of 0.9; reduction of 10%).

Visual

The Gryphon is slightly more difficult to spot visually, and will reduce the maximum range of any visual-based sensors to only 80% (factor of 0.8; reduction of 20%).

Sensors

The Gryphon has an array of sensors designed to allow it to operate effectively in both ground attack and air superiority roles:

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Teal = Active Radar
Orange = IRST
Green = Visual

Active Radar

It has an active radar range of 12 km against aerial targets and 8 km against ground targets. It has an azimuth and elevation coverage of 45 degrees, while identity recognition locks in at 4 km out from a target.

Infrared Search and Track/Visual Sensor

IRST detection extends out to a maximum range of 4 km against aerial targets and 3 km against ground targets. It has an azimuth coverage of just 90 degrees, while for elevation it is limited to 60 degrees. Targets can only be tracked if they are moving at speeds of less than 1,440 km/h.

Its visual sensor on the other hand, has a maximum range of 4 km for aerial targets and 3 km for ground targets. Azimuth coverage is limited to 26 degrees, while for elevation it is 20 degrees.

The visual sensor is located in the external targeting pod's camera, and has an elevation offset of 1 degree. Targets are only trackable if they are moving at speeds of less than 360 km/h.

Both sensors operate at a minimum range of 500 m, while targets can be recognised within a range of 2 km.

Radar Warning Receiver/Passive Radar

The RWR has a 360 degree detection radius and a target recognition range of 12 km.

Laser Spot Tracker

Laser markers and infrared strobes can be tracked within a range of 6 km. It has an acquisition cone of 180 degrees.

Trivia

  • The Gryphon is directly based on the real-world "JAS 39 Gripen" multi-role fighter jet designed by Saab of Sweden.
    • However, the Gryphon actually appears to be an amalgamation of two variants of the real-life Gripen. The exterior fuselage of the "C" model is combined with the cockpit and front wheel position of the "E" model.

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See also

Aircraft of comparable role and configuration