PMS-P00SMS Gryphon

Preventers colors
(CG Model by Mechmaster)

General and Technical Data

Model Number: PMS-P00SMS
Code name: Gryphon
Unit Type: Aerospace use mobile suit
Manufacturer: Prototype Mobile Suits, Inc
Operator: Preventers, Earth Defense Organization, Mars Defense Corps
First deployment: Middle of AC 216
Pilots: Preventers pilots, Earth Defense Organization pilots, Heero Yuy, Ariana Yuy, Lady Une, Yoshino Yuy, Sally Po, Duo         Maxwell, Wufei Chang
Accommodation: Pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Height: 16.7 meters
Weight: 7.5 tons
Armor: Titanium alloy
Powerplant: Ultracompact fusion reactor, power output rating unknown
Equipment and design features: Head-mounted sensors, range unknown; Vernier Flight Pack, maximum thrust output unknown
Fixed armaments: 2 x Machinecannon, fire-linked, mounted on torso; 1 x beam cannon, power rating unknown, mounted on right arm; 6 x beam talon, power rating unknown, mounted on hands
Optional fixed armaments: 16 x Micromissile, mounted in 8-tube launch packs mounted on hip armor
Optional hand armaments: 1 x beam rifle

Technical and Historical Notes

With tensions rising between Earth and Venus, the Earth Sphere government commissioned mobile suit designers Prototype Mobile Suits to design a new mobile suit. They created the Gryphon, and then the Preventers created the  Basilisk based on the same frame. They both were shelved until hostilities appeared to be more imminent, at which point the designs were put into limited production by the Preventers in early AC 216. Both units were intended to serve as high-quality, low-production run units, since at the time the Earth Sphere was still against re-militarization.

The first of the two designs was the Gryphon, a mobile suit primarily intended for combat in space but also capable of flying in atmosphere and land combat. Intended as the mainstay unit of the Preventers' mobile suit unit, it incorporates a balanced range of melee and short-to-medium range firepower including compact beam talons and a small beam gun. Its greatest asset though is its exceptional mobility thanks to a Vernier Flight system based on the Tallgeese design and refined so that somewhat less skilled pilots can safely handle the unit.

After the Une Conflict divided the Preventers between those who supported Lady Une and those who supported Josie Selvaggio, the Gryphon design ended up in the service of multiple factions. Most escaped to Mars with Lady Une's faction, while a handful remained on Earth. Afterwards, both the newly-formed Earth Defense Organization and the Mars Defense Corps put the Gryphon into mass-production. Due to the unit's superior design and components however, the cost of building these units limited their production severely.

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