The Vila-Disparador VL-1700 Gryphus is a single-seat, single-engine, fifth generation multirole Stealth fighter capable of perform ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions. The Gryphus is the successor of the Nemesis and VL-1230 Strike fighters and it’s the new “light” Stealth fighter of the Imperial Lego Air Force, the Thanatos being the medium Stealth Fighter. A new, heavy weight Stealth fighter is currently under construction.
The Gryphus has a reported maximum weapons load of 7,000 kg. The fighter has two internally mounted ENA-60 30mm cannons and three internal weapons bays: a large bay on the bottom of the fuselage and two smaller bays on the sides of the fuselage. It can carry eight compressed-carriage AA-2040 “Empire’s Spear” medium-long range missiles in the center bay and one medium short range AA-2020 “Valkyria” missile in each of the two side bays. More info and images here, please click!
The Gryphus is also a dedicated ground-attack aircraft and it can carry a wide variety of air-to-surface weapons such as:
8 “Excalibur” Anti-runway bombs;
2 Valhalla Television-guided glide bombs;
8 AT-2040 “Vulcan” air-to-ground tactical missiles;
Various unguided and Cluster bombs, Laser-guided bombs, Napalm, as well as tactical termo-nuclear bombs.
While the new fighter typically carries its weapons internally, the wings include four hardpoints each rated to handle 1500 kg. Each hardpoint has a pylon that can carry a detachable fuel tank, a launcher holding air-air missiles or air to ground weapons, like the D.D.N. heavy anti-ship missile.
The Gryphus thrust vectoring nozzles allow the aircraft to turn tightly, and perform extremely high alpha (angle of attack) maneuvers such as the Herbst maneuver (or J-turn), Pugachev's Cobra,and the Kulbit.
The Gryphus is expected to take on the short-range Wild Weasel mission and it can carry anti-radiation missiles. For long-range strikes, the dedicated Wild Weasel version of the Firestorm is the main aircraft.
Although a carrier version was proposed, the Navy currently looks for a much more advanced fighter than the Thanatos, so the Gryphus will not operate from the Imperial navy aircraft carriers.
The “Fuzileiros Imperiais” (Imperial Marines) however, have shown some interest. For now, the “Fuzileiros” operate with the Fireline and it’s current replacement, the VTOL Strike Fighter Firewave.
About the model:
I wanted to build the smallest fighter possible which could carry internally, 8 of the new medium-long range AA-2040 “Empire’s spear” missile and 2 short medium range air-to-air missiles. I will try to upgrade the new aircraft, maybe with a new wing.
Length: 12.31 m
Wingspan: 10.12 m
Height: 3.62 m
Wing area: 33.00 m²
Empty weight: 5,750 kg
Max. takeoff weight: 17,080 kg
Powerplant: 1 V-490 turbojet
Dry thrust: 145 kN
Thrust with afterburner: 230 kN
Maximum speed: Mach 2,7
Stall speed: 105 km/h
Combat radius: 2 000km
Ferry range: 4,820 km
Service ceiling: 27,000 m
Guns: 2 × 60mm ENA-60 cannons
Rockets: 4 FS-1000 rocket pods with 18 90mm rockets each or 4 rocket pods with 4 152mm rockets each.
Guns: External Gun Pods with two 37mm ENA-75B guns;
Air-to-air Missiles: 8 AA-2040 “Empire’s Spear” medium-long range missiles; 2 AA-2020 Valkyria medium-short range missiles for self-defence.
Air-to-ground guided weapons: Internal: 8 AT-2009 Imperium anti-tank missiles; 8 AT-2040 “Vulcan” air-to-ground tactical missiles; 2 LG-1000 munitions dispensers missiles; 2 AT-1500 “Titan” heavy air-to-ground tactical missiles; 4-8 D.D.B. anti-ship missiles; 8 “Excalibur” Anti-runway bombs; 2 Valhalla Television-guided glide bombs;
External: 2 D.D.N. anti-ship missiles;
Various unguided and Cluster bombs, Napalm, as well as tactical termo-nuclear bombs.
Other: ECM protection pod, Pave Spike Laser designator pod, Buddy refuelling pack or 4 Drop tanks for extended range/loitering time;