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Type J-9 Griffon

 

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Original version (Patlabor TV series)

Aqua unit version (Patlabor New
OVA Series
)

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Type J-9 Griffon

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: Type J-9
Code name: Griffon
Unit type: technical experiment labor
Manufacturer: SEJ (Schaft Enterprises Japan)
Operator: SEJ
Rollout: 1999 AD
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: overall height 8.55 meters; overall width 4.60 meters
Weight: standard 7.15 metric tons; full 7.60 metric tons
Armor materials: fiber reinforced material; carbon fiber reinforced material
Powerplant: unknown
Maximum weight lifting capacity: 3.50 metric tons
Minimum revolving radius: 4.33 meters
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; turbo jet engine; wing system; aqua unit (later modification)
Fixed armaments: none
Optional fixed armaments: none

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

The Type J-9 Griffon is an experimental labor developed in secret by section chief Utsumi (aka Richard Won) for Schaft Enterprises Japan. The Griffon is a high end proof of concept labor that surpasses all labors during its introduction in 1999. The Griffon, nicknamed the "Black Labor" by non-Schaft employees, is highly agile and capable of performing near human movement, something that many other labors lack. In its original configuration, the Griffon becomes the first labor capable of unassisted flight, although the flight system is in its early stages and causes substantial damage after a crash landing. Its raw power allows it to disable labors entirely by hand. The Griffon, piloted by a young boy named Bud Renard Harchand, makes its debut by attacking the 1999 Tokyo International Labor Show. The Griffon easily defeats Shinohara's new AVS-98 Economy and proves a match for even the AV-98 Ingram, its primary target for combat data.

When the management of Schaft's Japanese division decides that Utsumi is a liability to the company, they dispatch their private security force Schaft Security Systems to deal with the Griffon. Unfortunately, 3S' Type M-5 Abraham proves no match for the Griffon. Following a showdown with SV2 at the Babylon Project Castle Gate, the Griffon escapes. Several months later, the Griffon reappears just before New Year's Eve in its upgraded form. The flight system has been replaced with an aqua unit that allows it to travel at high speeds underwater. It also features a turbo jet engine that makes it possible to perform a high speed dash attack on the ground. Utsumi's goal is to show off the Griffon's capabilities to labor specialists and arms merchants to auction off the expertise of the development team. The Griffon easily defeats SV2 Division 1's new AV-0 Peacemaker, leading to a rematch with SV2 pilot Noa Izumi and her Ingram. When Noa decisively defeats the Griffon, Bud is arrested and Utsumi escapes, setting off explosives that destroy the Griffon.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot: Bud Renard Harchand
Appearances: Mobile Police Patlabor (TV series); Mobile Police Patlabor New OVA Series
Original mechanical designer: Yutaka Izubuchi

 

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