The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) AV-8B Harrier II is a second-generation vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) ground-attack aircraft. An Anglo-American development of the British Hawker Siddeley Harrier, the Harrier II is the final member of the Harrier family. The AV-8B is primarily used for light attack or multi-role missions, and is typically operated from small aircraft carriers, large amphibious assault ships and simple forward operating bases. The AV-8B is used by the United States Marine Corps (USMC), Armada Española (Spanish Navy) and Marina Militare (Italian Navy). A variant of the AV-8B, the British Aerospace Harrier II was developed for the British military. The TAV-8B is a dedicated two-seat trainer version. The Harrier II and other models of the Harrier family have been called "Jump Jets".
AV-8Bs have participated in numerous conflicts, providing close air support for ground troops and performing armed reconnaissance, proving themselves versatile assets. US Army General Norman Schwarzkopf named the USMC Harrier as one of the seven most important weapons of the Gulf War. The aircraft took part in combat during the Iraq War beginning in 2003. The Harrier II has served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan since 2001, and was used in Operation Odyssey Dawn in Libya in 2011. Italian and Spanish Harrier IIs participated in overseas conflicts, in conjunction with NATO coalitions.
General Characteristics (AV-8B Plus Radar)
Length: 46 ft 4 in (14.12 m)
Wingspan: 30 ft 4 in (9.25 m)
Height: 11 ft 8 in (3.55 m)
Wing area: 243.4 ft² (22.61 m²)
Empty weight: 13,968 lb (6,340 kg)
Loaded weight: 22,950 lb (10,410 kg)
Powerplant: 1× Rolls-Royce F402-RR-408 (Mk 107) vectored-thrust turbofan, 23,500 lbf (105 kN)
Maximum speed: Mach 1.0 (585 knots, 673 mph, 1,083 km/h)
Range: 1,200 nmi (1,400 mi, 2,200 km)
Combat radius: 300 nmi (350 mi, 556 km)
Ferry range: 1,800 nmi (2,100 mi, 3,300 km)
Rate of climb: 14,700 ft/min (4,485 m/min)
Wing loading: 94.29 lb/ft² (460.4 kg/m²)
Guns: 1× General Dynamics GAU-12 Equalizer 25 mm (0.984 in) 5-barreled gatling cannon mounted under-fuselage in the left pod, with 300 rounds of ammunition in the right pod
Hardpoints: 6× under-wing pylon stations holding up to 13,200 lb (5,988 kg) of payload:
Rockets: 2× LAU-10 rocket pods (each with 7× 127 mm Mk 32 Zuni rockets)
+ 4× AIM-9 Sidewinder or similar-sized infrared-guided missiles
+ 4× AIM-120 AMRAAM (on radar equipped AV-8B Plus variants)
+ 4× AGM-65 Maverick; or
o Mark 80 series of unguided bombs
o Cluster bombs
o Paveway series of laser-guided bombs
o Joint Direct Attack Munitions (GBU-54)
o up to 4 × 300/330/370 US Gallon drop tanks (pylon stations No. 2, 3, 4 & 5 are wet plumbed)
o Intrepid Tiger II electronic jammer.
o Raytheon APG-65 radar
o AN/AAQ-28V LITENING targeting pod (on radar-equipped AV-8B Plus variants)
o AN/ALQ-164 RF Jammer pod
The British Aerospace/McDonnell Douglas Harrier II is a second-generation vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) ground-attack aircraft.
An Anglo-American development of the British Hawker Siddeley Harrier, the Harrier II is the final member of the Harrier family that started with the Hawker Siddeley P.1127 in the early 1960s.
The Harrier GR.7/GR.9 was used by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and, between 2006 and 2010, the Royal Navy (RN). The Harrier GR.7/GR.9 and other models of the Harrier family have been called "Jump Jets".
The Harrier GR.7/GR.9 was also capable of being operated from the Invincible class aircraft carriers. The Harrier II flew combat missions in Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In December 2010, budgetary pressures led to the early retirement of all Harriers from service.
BAe Harrier GR.7 & GR.9:
The BAe Harrier GR.7 & GR.9 are the UK versions of the AV-8B Harrier II with upgraded avionics to include night attack capabilities.
The RAZBAM Harrier GR.7 & GR.9 for FSX includes the following amazing features and innovative functions :
Highly detailed exterior and interior models,
Interior and Panel
very comprehensive representation of cockpit systems which include:
- Tactical Navigation Computer
- Detailed and comprehensive navigation instruments
- Detailed representation of the aircraft?s Gunsight.
- Detailed MPCD (Multi Purpose Color Displays) with in-depth functionality.
- Complete representation of the armament panel, with working armament stations, fuzing, selection, weapon delivery modes , quantity selection in 2 different modes select the amount of ordance to fall per trigger switch, and then again, you can select the amount and make them fall in pairs or single sequences
- Detailed electrical and hydraulic systems and panels
- Detailed fuel panel
- Simulated Oxigen system
- Detailed cockpit and exterior lights
- Accurate weapon loadouts including orndance weight.
- Highly detailed exterior representation of Harrier GR.7 & GR.9 which include:
- Working engine nozzles.
- Working air refueling probe.
- Accurate external loadouts.
- Dropable ordnance in free flight?s with multiple ordnance release options.
- Accurate aircraft lights.
Includes AI VC-10 K3 tanker aircraft for air refueling exercises.
Accurate and highly detailed paint schemes.
- ZG532/86 - No.4 SQN Special (GREEN)
- ZG859/91 - No.4 SQN SHARK (DSG&DCG)
- ZD376/24 - 801 NAS (DSC&DCG)
- ZG857/AH - No.3 SQN (GREEN)
- ZG531/85 - No.1 SQN (DSG&DCG SNOW)
- ZD327/08 - 800 NAS BoB Spec (MSG)
- ZD322/03 - No.1 SQN (MSG)
- ZD433/45 - No.1 SQN (DSG&DCG)
- ZG502/73 - No.20 Sqn (DSG&DCG)
- ZG478/68 - No.41 Sqn Spec. (DSG&DCG)
User's Manual in PDF format.