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The Griffon Range

Griffon Hovercraft

Amphibious - Fast - Proven

Griffon Hovercraft Limited leads the world in the design, development, manufacture and operation of hovercraft and produces the largest range of amphibious hovercraft available in the world today.

Powered by diesel engines and built to international marine standards, Griffon hovercraft accomplish virtually any task performed by a fast boat but, being amphibious, will go where no boat can venture. Using their unique amphibious capabilities, Griffon hovercraft cruise at speeds of 25-45 knots (29-52mph or 46-83 km/hr) over deep and shallow water, land, mud, sand, ice, weed, debris, swamp, rocks and rapids. They are quiet and economical, using under half the fuel of a boat of the same speed and payload.

The smaller craft in the Griffon range are usually shipped to their overseas destination in containers, whereas the larger craft often travel as on-deck cargo.

Griffon hovercraft are in service throughout the world, from the Arctic to the Tropics. Griffon Hovercraft Limited produces more hovercraft for more applications in more countries than any other manufacturer in the world.

Military , Paramilitary Applications

Policing/ Coastguard/ Search & Rescue

Policing/ Coastguard/ Search & Rescue

Over 50 Griffon hovercraft are deployed in paramilitary roles throughout the world. With their high speed and amphibious capability, they are uniquely suited to areas where it is difficult or impossible to operate conventional boats or vehicles.

Amphibious Assault

Amphibious Assault

Griffon hovercraft will, in advance of taking part in any amphibious assault, also help prepare the Amphibious Operating Area through reconnaissance, the insertion and support of special forces' Advance Force Operations and the guarding/ blocking of maritime choke points on the flanks.

Reconnaissance

Reconnaissance

Griffon Hovercraft will move from offshore to the littoral and deep into the hinterland via a riverine network. They will also, over and extended and unsupported period, deploy and recover foot-borne 'recce patrols' and work with sprecial forces' sub-surface and canoe/ RIB patrols.

Fast Attack

Fast Attack

Griffon hovercraft will lie-up on land - perhaps beneath trees or cliffs - indetected visually and amongst the shore radar clutter, and then 'pounce' on a suspect craft by taking the direct line over the beach, shallow water, mud or sandbanks.

Weapons Platform

Weapons Platform

Griffon hovercraft are much more stable weapons platforms than conventional craft, especially whilst manoeuvring. All Griffons can be fitted with protection from ballistic, nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

Medical Evacuation

Medical Evacuation

Griffon hovercraft will recover evacuees in areas impossible for conventional boats and vehicles to reach. Evacuation is amphibious, fast and effective.

Mine Counter Measures

Mine Counter Measures

Griffon hovercraft produce virtually no magnetic, acoustic or pressure signature and will operate over sea mines with impunity. Since the craft's air cushion and flexible skirt absorb most of an exploding mine's shock wave, they can be deployed more safely and cost-effectively as mine hunter/ killers than conventional boats.

Logistics

Logistics

Griffon hovercraft deliver both troops and equipment rapidly across a beach, reagardless of the state of the tide or the nature of the surface. This enables troops and equipment to disembark safely and drychod not only onto dry land, but even more critically, inland from the exposed watergap.

Commercial Applications

Hydrographic Survey

Hydrographic Survey
Griffon hovercraft have carried out many hydrographic surveys, using several different techniques, along rivers, dams and coasts around the world. These craft can save significant survey time by being unconstrained by tidal consideration -the surveyors often transferrin to land survey techniques as and when required.

 

Seismic Survey

Seismic Survey
Seiemic surveys, mostly for oil and gas companies, have also been carried out by Griffon hovercraft worldwide - again, mostly in tidal or shallow water areas.

 

Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue
Many Griffon hovercraft are used where it is difficult, if not impossible, to rescue people by conventional boats or vehicles, i.e. over swamp, quicksand, flooded areas, mud-flats and thin ice. For instance, the British Royal National Lifeboat Institute currently operates six Griffon hovercraft in areas unreachable by any of its 350 lifeboats.

 

Passenger Ferry

Passenger Ferry
Tourists travel on Griffon hovercraft simply for the experience. Commuters and shoppers use them just like boats. Authorities and environmentals like them because they produce virtually no wash./ wake at high speed.

 

Civil Engineering Support

Civil Engineering Support
Griffon hovercraft are often used on "reconnaissance missions" to survey potential engineering projects. They are then used to transport people and equipment during the subsequent construction, dredging or pipeline-laying phases - often operating from an unprepared beach or a dried-out harbour.

 

Airport Crash Rescue

Airport Crash Rescue
When airports are surronded by difficult terrain, Griffon hovercraft are often the only craft capable of providing rescue services to these areas. Equipped with full firefighting and life-saving equipment, these unique amphibious high-speed craft will deal with virtually any emergency scenario.

 

Air Cushion Solutions

Air Cushion Solutions
Griffon Hovercraft Limited designs and builds unique equipment, based on the air cushion principle, in order to solve many customers' particular problems. Examples include hovering crop-sprayers, hovering cricket-pitch covers, hovering reed-cutters and hover-platforms (barges) capable of carrying payloads up to 125 tonnes.

 

Advantages

Fully amphibious
Operate over water, land, sandbanks, mudflats, weed, ice, rocks and rapids.

High Speed
Cruise at full payload at speeds of 30-45 knots (35-52mph, 56-83 km/hr)

Low initial costs
Similar prices to conventional boats of the same speed and payload.

Low operating costs
Similar operating costs to conventional boats of the same speed and payload.

Diesel engines
Give reliability, long life and economy.

Negligible noise levels
About the same as trucks or high speed boats.

Highly manoeuvrable
As manoeuvrable as boats.

Simple
Simple in design, manufacture, operation and maintenance.

Relaible
Proven over tens of thousands of operating hours worldwide.

Easy to operate
Takes the same time to learn to operate as learning to drive cars or trucks.

Easy to maintain
Ordinary diesel or boat mechanics can service and maintain the craft.

Minimal training
From one day for the smallest craft to eight weeks for the largest.

Very little spray
Low cushion pressures keep spray to a minimum.

No wash/ wake
There is virtually no wash/ wake at high speed.

Can be classified
Classified by Lloyds, US Coastguard and other classification societies.

No berthing problems
Will operate equally successfully from unprepared beaches and riverbanks as from piers, pontoons and harbours.

Experienced team
The management of Griffon Hovercraft Limited has been involved in the design, development, manufacture and operation of amphibious craft for over 30 years.

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