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McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier Plus


McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier Plus  

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  1. 1. McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier Plus for Italy

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      186
    • No -1
      14
  2. 2. Tech tree,premium or event?

    • Tech tree
      167
    • Premium
      14
    • Event
      6
    • I said '' no ''
      13
  3. 3. Would you like other Harrier Variants added to other nations if introduced?

    • yes
      178
    • no
      22


General info. (This Suggestion was made with help of my Italian vehicle suggestion group.)
The Italian's Harrier story begins on the 1'st feb of 1989, know as the '' La Legge N.36 del 1 febbraio del 1989 '' or ''Ali alla Marina'' (wings to the Navy) which allowed the Italian Navy to equip itself with armed jets to not only bolster its forces, but mainly to garantee the security of the Italian Navy and the ship known as the Garibaldi. The Navy was only looking for VTOL/STOL aircraft, so in turn it went for the Harrier, as it fit the role perfectly. This vehicle has seen itself being used in multiple countries, and operated by Spain, America and the UK under differen't variants. BAE systems had aquired the right to further develop and build the AV-8A that the Americans were already using, so in turn Bae systems had improved it so much such as giving it a better engine. Along other upgrades and changes, Bae systems has pratically made a new vehicle, which now went under the name of the AV-8B, and also went by the name of ''Harrier II''. It had acess to one the latest logistical equipment, and was able to partake in day/night operations. Because of this, it was the perfect vehicle for the Italian Navy. In september of 1990, italy decided to join in the '' Plus'' program, which aimed to Radarize the Harriers, which Spain and the US also joined in. Italy had bought 18 of the AV-8B, and 2 of the TAV-8B Harrier II's for training. A great co-operation had begun with Italy and the US, which allowed Italian pilots to train with the Jet they bought in the US, to better familiarize itself and be ready to put it in operational use as soon as all of the orders were complete. In feb of 1994, the first Harrier was delivered to the Italian Navy, and by November of that same year, 3 Harriers would call the Garibaldi their new home. Part of the aquisition also allowed Italy to build their own Harriers, (Which Alenia would be in charge of). The weapon of choice they went for in terms of Air-to-Air would be the Hughes AIM-120B AMRAAM, which alongside being very accurate, had a great payload, which allowed to shoot down potential targets that would attempt to attack the Navy, although it can also a multitude of payload options such as Cluster and lazer guided bombs. In terms of service, the Italian Harriers participated in operation '' United Shield '' inside of Somalia, which performed multiple resonance missions for the American Marines and the Italian ''San Marco'' regiment. It participated in '' Operazione alba neo'' inside of Albania, and had to scramble and intercept multiple jets daily, it participated in Enduring freedom, and racked up 800 flight hours in combat missions. It also took part in Allied Force in Kosovo, Operazione Leonte in lebanon, in monotoring airspace. One of the times it was used as a ground strike aircraft inside of Libya, in operation Unified Protector, and managed to rack up to 1040 flight hours. 
Armament and equipment
Hughes AIM-120B AMRAAM
GAU-12A 25mm
IR AIM-9L Sidewinders
AGM-65 Maverick
LAU-10 Rocket pods
GP Mk.81 bombs
GP Mk.82 bombs
GP Mk.83 bombs
Mk.20 Rockeye Cluster bombs.
Night/Thermal sights.
Chaff
Flares
Radar Warning Reciver
AN/ALQ164 eleteric counter measure.
Specifications
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Why it should it be in game
The Harrier should be in game, mainly due to the fact that alongside being iconic, leading to a high demand of people wanting this vehicle to appear, its the gameplay element that people are looking forward to, mainly it being how it can go VTOL. Allowing the aircraft to go VTOL means that not only will it be unique and stand out from the rest, but it adds in a potential game element in the form of perhaps being able to spawn inside a helicopter spawn, which would give a serious advantage for a Jet of that caliber. It could also be one of the only vaible aircrafts for capturing points, not that its impossible now but i think you all know by now the unique qwirks allows this aircraft to do this. It has an extensive payload which would mean that if Gaijin wanted to, it would become one of the best jets in the game. Lets also mention how although each country has its own variant, it could lead to the British and Americans to get their versions to their tree. And perhaps adding a Spanish Premium for the Italian tree.
Sources
http://www.elicotterienavi.com/aeromobili/harrier3.htm
http://www.elicotterienavi.com/aeromobili/a_elenco_generale.htm
http://www.marina.difesa.it/noi-siamo-la-marina/mezzi/forze-aeree/Pagine/av8b.aspx
https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonnell_Douglas-BAe_AV-8B_Harrier_II
https://www.aviation-report.com/harrier-force-gli-av-8bii-del-gruppo-aerei-imbarcati-della-marina-militare/
https://www.blogbeforeflight.it/2018/03/harrier-marina-militare-incidente-grottaglie.html?m=1/
https://www.giorgiociarini.com/20°anniversario__000001.htm


Pictures
ITALIAN NAVY HARRIER INVOLVED IN A MISHAP - Blog Before Flight ...
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ITALIAN HARRIER COMES ABOARD USS IWO JIMA - Blog Before Flight ...1806243280_AV-8BHarrier3.thumb.jpg.d7f00
L'aviazione di Marina, dall'Harrier ii al Lightning II: un valore ...Italian Harrier; American Carrier - YouTube

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I suppose now we're getting to the point where looking at the Harriers is feasible.  Three different tech trees could have it, with the Brits having their own Hawker-Siddley/BAE variants and the US and Italy having the licensed versions made by McDonald-Douglas/Boeing.

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4 hours ago, Z3r0_ said:

I suppose now we're getting to the point where looking at the Harriers is feasible.  Three different tech trees could have it, with the Brits having their own Hawker-Siddley/BAE variants and the US and Italy having the licensed versions made by McDonald-Douglas/Boeing.

Exactly, Gaijin made it clear as day that they’re pushing themselves into the future so it’s not surprising if we see this vehicle relatively soon. 

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With the new harriers, I fully support this addition. This would not only be an awesome addition to have but a really nice treat for the people who spent so long getting Italian aircraft.

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