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AV-8B Harrier II

The AV-8B Harrier is a derived version of the British harrier design and has been developed by BAE Systems and the American company Boeing. The Harrier is an attack aircraft which can vertical take-off and land.
The Harrier is in service with the United States Marine Corps (215 aircraft), Italian Navy (18 aircraft) and the Spanish Navy (17 aircraft). Italy and Spain are using the Harrier from their aircraft carriers, the USMC from Amphibian ships, NOT aircraft carriers (standard not, but they can operate from a/c carriers).

United States Marines Corps
The AV-8 Harrier was developed for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) for the attack and destroy of surface targets under day and night in visual environments. The first aircraft - AV-8A Harriers - came in service with the USMC in 1985. In 1995, the AV-8B Harrier II plus standard was introduced to replace the AV-8A and A-4M aircraft. .
The USMC had a need for tis aircraft: to could create a larger tactical mobility, for quick response, reduce of operation costs and greater bases flexibility, to operate from sea and from land, they're useful for special combat and expeditionary requirements.

Length: 14.11 meters
Wing span: 9.24 meters
Propulsion: 1 Rolls Royce F402-RR-408 turbofan engine
Thrust: F402-FF-408: 23.400 pounds
Costs: 23.7 million dollars
Radar: APG-65 from Raytheon

United States Marine Corps AV-8C Harrier (AV-8A)
United States Marine Corps AV-8 Harrier II
Spanish AV-8 Harrier    

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Last updated: 12 October 2014