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Hovercraft can operate where no boat can venture


Our hovercraft will accomplish any task performed by a fast boat, but will also operate where no boat can venture. Over land and sea mines, sand, mud, ice, snow, rocks, weeds, logs, debris and rapids. Griffon Hoverwork craft are powered by diesel engines and are in service with Navy, Army and Paramilitary operators throughout the world. All our craft are available with differing levels of ballistic protection to suit our clients' requirements. Griffon hovercraft are used for a number of military and paramilitary roles.

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  • Mine Counter Measures

    Griffon hovercraft, with their low pressure cushion design, can operate over mines with impunity in deep or shallow water, since they produce virtually no pressure, acoustic or magnetic signatures.

    Since the craft's air cushion and flexible skirt absorb most of an exploding mine's shock wave, they can be deployed more safely and cost-effective as mine hunter/killers than conventional boats.

    British Royal Marines 2400TD
  • Logistics/Troop & Vehicle Carrier

    Griffon hovercraft have the ability to deliver troops and equipment rapidly across a beach, regardless of the state of tide or nature of the surface, which means the troops and equipment will disembark safely on to dry land. The Saudi Arabian Border Guard and Swedish Amphibious Battalion (left photo) 8100TD is configured to carry a 4x4 vehicle. The Griffon Hoverwork range can be configured for carrying cargo and vehicles up to 22.5 tonnes, as well as being configured to carry differing levels of weaponry and ballistic protection to suit a clients requirements.

    Swedish Amphibious Battalion can carry a 4x4 vehicle
  • Fast Attack & Amphibious Assault

    At high speed the craft produce virtually no wake. A wake leaves significant signature at night, particularly if it also induces phosphorescence. Not being constrained by shallow water, mud or even land, a Griffon hovercraft is an ideal tool for fast attack. The British Royal Marines have recently been equipped with the more modern and powerful Griffon 2400TD series hovercraft.

    Peruvian Navy 2000TD
  • Range Patrol

    As seen in the photo on the left, the Belgium Army Griffon 2000TD hovercraft has been adapted for drone recovery in a designated firing range area. This area comprises of open sea, surf and a wide stretch of muddy beach, an area generally inaccessible by any other craft.

    Griffon Hoverwork craft can generate an extensive recce capability, moving from offshore to shore and deep into the land via a riverine network. They will also, over an extended and unsupported period, deploy and recover foot-borne 'recce patrols'.

    Hovercraft can be used for Range Patrol
  • Border Control

    With their high speed and amphibious capability, hovercraft are uniquely suited to areas where it is difficult or impossible to operate conventional boats or vehicles.

    With the very shallow water around some of India's extensive coastline and offshore islands, this Griffon 8000TD (left), with a top speed of 50 knots and armed with a half-inch machine gun, has proven to be the ideal craft for policing / customs duties for the Indian Coast Guard.

    Indian Coast Guard policing the border
  • Surveillance Platform

    Griffon Hoverwork craft provide an ideal surveillance platform. Conventional craft must remain offshore and in the open, visible to all. However a hovercraft can transition to a beach or a dried up river bed, conducting continuous covert surveillance. With the added advantage of direct line, hot pursuit if the opportunity arises. Hovercraft are also ideal as a mobile command post.

    Surveillance Platform

Contact Information

Our Address

  • Griffon Hoverwork Ltd.
  • Merlin Quay, Hazel Road
  • Woolston, Southampton
  • SO19 7GB
  • United Kingdom
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