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AV-8B Harrier II Plus

AV-8B Harrier II Plus
Title : AV-8B Harrier II Plus
Description : The Harrier II Plus adds a multimission capability to the vertical/short takeoff and landing features that allow Harriers to operate where other fixed-wing aircraft cannot. The radar-equipped Harrier II Plus can perform a wide range of missions around the clock and in adverse weather.

Power and Lift

The AV-8B Harrier II Plus has a power and lift configuration that includes the following elements:

* A 23,500-pound thrust Rolls-Royce Pegasus 11-61 (F402-RR-408) engine

* Four rotating nozzles that provide its direct-lift capability, enabling the aircraft to hover

Weapon Systems and Technologies

The AV-8B Harrier II Plus carries the following weapons systems and technologies:

* APG-65 radar system

* A 25mm rapid-fire Gatling gun

* Air-to-air weapon systems:

o Heat-seeking Sidewinder missiles

o AIM-120 advanced medium range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM), which is a beyond-visual-range missile

* Air-to-surface weapon systems:

o Digital targeting data link

o Global positioning system

o Litening II Targeting Pod system

o Next-generation, precision-guided munitions, including the joint direct attack munition (JDAM)


Planned as a major upgrade to the AV-8A Harrier I and with roots that go back to the Hawker P.1127, the AV-8B Harrier II Plus is a collaborative effort:

* Developed through an agreement between the United States, Spain, and Italy

* Utilized by the U.S. Marine Corps, Spanish Navy, and Italian Navy

* Development team members: Boeing, BAE Systems, and Rolls Royce
Credit : The Boeing Company
Source : The Boeing Company

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