Grampus Attack Vehicle

  • Role: Manned aquatic assault vehicle
  • Color(s): Grey/Silver
  • Status after the OVA: Active

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.

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~ by ticktank on August 31, 2008.

7 Responses to “Grampus Attack Vehicle”

  1. Technology like the grampus makes me wonder when Blue Sub 6 takes place…

    It’s obviously some time in the future, but how far into the future? Any guess, ticktank?

  2. Hi Kinglear,

    My guess is somewhere around 2030, about 20 odd years from now. I recall reading from the OVA files that much of the technology was developed after a certain scientific breakthrough involving electromagnetic (?) water propulsion – Basically the glowing bits you see on the Blue fleet subs and on the side of the Grampus. The discovery of this technology quickly paved way for much of the machines we see in the anime.

    I don’t think we;re too far off from similar technology actually (and from our own mass extinction). I recall reading on Wiki that the US army is already field testing RAILGUN technology and combat exo-frames. Hope they aren;t gasoline powered 😛

  3. Hey ticktank, google:

    “Super Falcon submersible craft”

    and click on the first link you get.

    Looks like someone built a prototype Grampus.

    Obviously, it’s not as advance as a grampus in the series (not as fast, can’t dive as deep, has no weapon systems, no advance propulsion system, can’t operate on land). A step in the right direction though.

    It sort of looks like a Grampus too. It even seats two people.

    I read an article about this minisub (first link you get in google) that totally sounds like something straight out of Blue Submarine 6.

    Obviously minisubs are nothing new, but this one shares a lot of similarities with the grampus.

    It “flies” through the water unlike a conventional sub, which is how the Grampus seems to operate in the series.

  4. I’d post the link to the article, but your blog doesn’t seem to be accepting links in comment posts.

    Here’s an excerpt from the article:

    [quote]
    Each time the 21-foot long electric-powered submarine plunged, my loosely buckled five-point harness left me sliding out of my seat. Each time we started to ascend, I was pushed back into the seat by the acceleration…Unlike a conventional submarine, which uses ballast to plunge into the ocean depths, the Super Falcon “flies” through water. It is slightly buoyant, and it is the speed of its propeller that pushes it downward in the mirror image of the aerodynamic lift of a conventional winged aircraft.It can operate at depths up to 400 feet, has a top speed of six knots and can fly for five hours on a single battery charge.
    [/quote]

    another quote:

    [quote]
    The sub, called the Deep Flight Super Falcon, is a 21-foot electric vehicle, bringing aerodynamic principles to the sea.
    [/quote]

    [quote]
    On a recent excursion aboard the Super Falcon, Mr. Hawkes’ newest winged submersible craft, I sat in the back seat as we repeatedly dove below the waves of Monterey Bay and then minutes later popped back above the surface.
    [/quote]

    [quote]
    Piloting it — I was able to briefly take the controls on our cruise – has similarities to flying a plane, but there are differences as well. For example, banking the craft with the joystick on the right hand arm rest is a wonderful sensation, but the Super Falcon turns based on twin rudders set behind the ship’s propeller.
    [/quote]

    [quote]
    He has bigger plans for the future. The Super Falcon has attracted the attention of a new, as yet unannounced investor, and Mr. Hawkes said he is work on a new submersible, which is intended to open up the seas to an even larger audience.
    [/quote]

    the title of the article is:

    “Voyage to the Realm of the Hammerheads”

    Enter the above article title in google and it’s the first link you get.

  5. Here are the specifications from the company website:

    Class: High performance Winged Submersible
    Numerical Design Designation: DF 302

    Dimensions:
    Wings deployed: 3.0m
    Wings folded: 1.4m
    1.6m height, 6.7m length

    Cruise Speed: 2-6 knots
    Maximum Thrust: 508lbs, 231kg
    Max Descent Rate: 200 ft/min
    Max Ascent Rate: 400 ft/min
    Operating Depth: 1,000 fsw
    Crew: 2

    Launch Weight: 1,818kg
    Payload: 230 Kg (2 persons)

  6. blue submarine No 6 concept art 18

  7. blue submarine No 6 concept art 17

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