AV-8B Harrier II Specs

The AV-8B Harrier II is, to date, most effective and well known V-STOL aircraft. This unique attack aircraft give nations a rare opportunity to project effective airpower from naval vessels without having to have the expense of a super carrier. The Harrier is the latest and greatest evolution of the original Hawker P.1127 model harrier developed in Great Brittain in the 1950's and 60's. It has grown to contain greater engine power, speed, and night capabilities. This versatile aircraft can takeoff vertically with a full weight of 18,900 lbs and can perform a short, rolling takeoff with a full weight of about 31,000 lbs.

The Harrier can take a large variety of ordinance, from cluster bombs, to 1,000 lb bombs, to AIM 9 sidewinder missiles, it also has a 25mm gun system. Around 1990 the Harrier was further upgraded to contain the same radar system as the FA-18 Hornet allowing it to take an active part in night operations as well as daytime missions. This aircraft has been such a success that nations such as Great Brittain, Spain, Italy, and of course the US Marine Corp continue to use the AV-8B to great success.

Function:         Attack and Close air support
Contractor:         McDonnell Douglas
Power Plant:         1 Rolls-Royce Pagasus F-402-RR-404 Vectored turbofan engine
Length:         46 ft 3 in
Height:         11 ft 7 in
Max Weight:         31,000 lbs
Wingspan:         30 ft 3 in
Speed:         630 mph
Range:         Greater Than 142 nautical mi. unrefueled
Armament:         1 25mm Gun and upt to 9,000 lbs of mixed ordinance on 7 hard points, ex; mk 82 bombs, sidewinders, etc
Crew:         one
Deployment Date:         1981