Grampus Attack Vehicle
The Grampus is the signature combat vessel of Blue Fleet and the primary unit used to battle smaller Chimeran vessels. It easily outmatches the Umigumo and other Chimeran ships in a one to one matchup, but is limited by its maximum operating depth.
The Grampus was a late addition to the interspecies war, developed by the Research division of Blue Fleet, in which both Tetsu Hayami and Katsuma Nonaka were part of. The success of the Grampus project was partly due to the skills of Hayami.
Standard armament appears to be a set of two needle guns, two rocket pods and torpedoes. The Grampus can also engage in limited ‘hand to hand’ combat with its two large grapple arms. The Grampus is usually manned by two pilots, although it can still function with a single pilot. The front pilot controls the navigation and steering of the craft, while the rear pilot acts as weapons control.
The cockpit of each Grampus is actually part of a special body armor or ‘Exo-Frame’ that can be detached from the Grampus while in water for precision assaults, or to escape. The exo-frame is also capable of functioning and moving on land, and is equipped with two arm-mounted needle guns.