Harrier Demo

The Sea Harrier, known as the “SHAR” is a single-engine, single-seat Vertical, Short, Takeoff and Landing (VSTOL) fighter, designed specifically for service with the British Royal Navy and operations aboard ship.  The U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier that is still in service today is based on the RAF Sea Harrier and closely mirrors the design.... View Article


Harrier-Demo

The Sea Harrier, known as the “SHAR” is a single-engine, single-seat Vertical, Short, Takeoff and Landing (VSTOL) fighter, designed specifically for service with the British Royal Navy and operations aboard ship.  The U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier that is still in service today is based on the RAF Sea Harrier and closely mirrors the design.

 

The FA2 version of the Sea Harrier that will perform at the Melbourne Air and Space Show was a modification from the GR-1/GR-3 versions of the Harrier which were in service with the Royal Air Force.  Changes made from the original version for the Royal Navy which included many of the airframe and engine components from magnesium to aluminum for more corrosion-resistance in the shipboard environment.  Additionally, the cockpit was raise approximately 11 inches and given a bubble canopy for increased visibility and the addition of an advanced radar system and associated avionics for strike-fighter missions.  The weapons suite was also modified for air-to-air weapons instead of ground attack weapons. The resulting FA2 variant was nimble, agile, lethal, and could land almost anywhere.

 

The Sea Harrier was used by the British in the 1982 War with Argentina over sovereignty of the Falklands Islands. During that campaign, British Sea Harriers shot down an amazing 21 Argentine aircraft with NO air-to-air losses for an incredible 21 to nothing record!

 

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 Harrier Demo


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