Outlaw RPVT systems are launched from a pneumatic launcher. The launcher can quickly and easily be configured for either the Outlaw G1 or the Outlaw G2 by swapping a few basic components. The launcher works by propelling a fiberglass piston with an attached steel hook. The hook is welded to a tube and bonded inside the piston. The hook interfaces with the Outlaw at an aluminum launch lug that is built into the composite structure. The pneumatic system uses off-the-shelf high pressure gas bottles to store compressed air. A measured amount of “launch charge” air is temporarily moved from the storage bottles to a Griffon designed, rapid discharge accumulator. Once charged the pilot controls the air release event via a foot pedal, located a safe distance away from the launcher. The piston and aircraft leave the launcher together at an air speed fast enough for maneuvering. As the Outlaw begins its climb, the long tail-heavy launch piston falls away from the aircraft to be recovered by ground crew.
Broadsword uses an extremely powerful pneumatic launcher to accelerate the 550 lbs. gross weight aircraft from 0-60 mph in just 0.2 seconds. The basic operating principles are the same as the Outlaw launcher. The major difference is that the launch hook for the Broadsword is fully contained on the launcher. Two heavy duty dampers and a composite crash structure catch the piston and hook at the end of each launch event.
In addition to the launcher, Broadsword customers have an option to use a Griffon designed hoist dolly for transportation and lifting on site.
Line-of-Sight Ground Stations
The Griffon Manual Control System (MCS) is a line-of-sight control system designed and manufactured by Griffon Aerospace. The MCS 400 utilizes a COTS Futaba T10CAP controller to send commands to air vehicles. The commands are amplified and transmitted through Griffon’s RFD on military frequencies between 360-400 MHz. The MCS 400 is capable of transmitting at up to 10 Watts, providing over 25 miles of operational range.
The suitcase sized Griffon Autopilot Ground Control Station (GCS) can be set up in 30 minutes. The dual frequency GCS is customized for Griffon Aerospace by Cloud Cap Technologies using JF-12 approved military transmitter. Griffon’s GCS configuration uses two GCSs operating on independent frequency bands. The GCS has 25-30 miles of operating range.
Satellite Ground Station
Griffon’s Iridium based satellite communications (SATCOM) system allows our air vehicles to operate at extended ranges. The Autopilot GCS is fully integrated to accept the SATCOM option and the on-board Autopilot System is similarly designed with a SATCOM option. Griffon operations crews routinely use this capability for long range operations, particularly at sea.
Griffon offers both a Radar and Acoustic Scoring System. These systems use application software that runs on a commercial laptop. The laptop is connected to a receiver that collects the data from a transmitter on board the Air Vehicle which monitors the acoustic or radar sensors. Although typically used for evaluating miss distance from gunnery systems, the system can be configured to determine missile miss distance.