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Predecessor: The AV-8A Harrier

The AV-8A Harrier was an American version of the British Harrier GR.1 that entered service with the Marine Corps. Congress approved the purchase of 114 Harriers in 1970. Marine Attack Squadron 513 (VMA-513) was the first squadron to receive its Harriers, with the delivery taking place in March 1971; VMA-231 and VMA-542 received their AV-8As next.

 

It was mostly similar to the Harrier GR.1, but had a number of changes. All magnesium components were replaced in order to prevent corrosion. American identification friend or foe (IFF) systems and radio equipment were fitted. The British GR.1 was fitted with the Ferranti FE541 inertial navigation/attack suite, but these were replaced in the USMC Harriers by a simpler Interface/Weapon Aiming Computer. 

 

The outer wing pylons were modified to allow the carrying of AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles (AAMs). The AV-8A also utilized a more powerful version of the Rolls-Royce Pegasus than on the GR.1, the Mk 103.

 

AV-8C Harrier

AV-8C Harrier

 

47 AV-8A Harriers were upgraded to the AV-8C standard starting in 1979. Inertial navigation system equipment was added and the Lift Improvement Devices were also improved. Various components were also restored or replaced to increase the service life of the aircraft. The ECM capability was bolstered with the addition of the ALR-45F/APR-43 radar warning receiver and ALE-39 countermeasures dispenser. An AN/ALE-37 chaff-dispenser pod could be carried on a hardpoint.

 

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Specifications

Spoiler

 

Basic

  • Crew: 1

  • Empty Weight: 13,000 lbs

  • Maximum Weight: 25,000 lbs

  • Length: 46 ft

  • Height: 11 ft

  • Wingspan: 25.25 ft

  • Wing Area: 201.00 square ft

Performance

  • Propulsion: 1 x Rolls-Royce Pegasus Mk 103

  • Power: 21,500 lbs of thrust

  • Max. Speed: 884 mph (1423 kph)

  • Range: 3,455 miles

Fixed Armament

  • 2 x 30 mm ADEN gun pods under the fuselage

Suspended Armament - 4 x Wing Pylons, 1 x Fuselage Pylon (5,000 lbs max.)

  • Air-to-Air Missiles

    • AIM-9D or AIM-9G - Outer Wing Hardpoints Only

  • Bombs

    • 250 lb Mk 81

    • 500 lb Mk 82

    • 1,000 lb Mk 83

    • Cluster bombs

  • Rockets

    • LAU-69A 2.75-inch FFAR rocket pods (19 rockets each)

  • Defensive Measures:

    • ALR-45F/APR-43 RWR

    • AN/ALE-39 countermeasure dispenser - 60 chaff or flare expendables

 

 

Sources

AV-8C

https://pacificcoastairmuseum.org/aircraft/av-8c-harrier/

https://www.museumofflight.org/aircraft/mcdonnell-douglas-av-8c-harrier

https://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.asp?aircraft_id=417

AN/ALE-39 dispenser

https://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/equip/an-ale-39.htm

https://flyandwire.com/2019/05/31/rio-seat-quick-look-at-the-countermeasures-an-ale-39-and-lau-138/

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3 hours ago, ItssLuBu said:

Approved and open for discussion. :salute:

So I guess this was a waste of time lol. The AV-8C was confirmed in devblog today.

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5 hours ago, Draco_Argentum said:

 

Nah, just claim credit for it being introduced since it was after you suggested it.

Haha, true! :lol2:

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Was going to +1 this . . . instead I'll just say that I'll look forward to seeing it in the game.  

 

Congratulations on what has to be a record.

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43 minutes ago, Z3r0_ said:

Cheeky, you probably knew it was coming anyway.

Actually no, I assumed we would just get the AV-8A since it was already suggested lol. 

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  • 3 weeks later...
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As the AV-8C harrier has been added as per update 2.1 New Power,

 

Moved  to Implemented Suggestions. :salute:

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