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AV8-B Harrier

AV8-B Harrier

Achievements are not magic or luck, they are effort and dedication

The AV-8B project was born in the early 1970's as an effort to address the operational inadequacies of the AV-8A first generation Harrier, aimed to dramatically improve the capabilities and performance of the early AV-8A's. The AV-8B made its maiden flight in November 1981 and entered service with the United States Marine Corps in January 1985. It later evolved into the AV-8B N/A (Night Attack) and AV-8B Harrier II Plus.
First flight of a modified AV-8B in the night attack configuration was on June 26th, 1987. Deliveries to the USMC began in September of 1989 to VMA-214 at Yuma, Arizona. Follow-up units based out of Yuma received their Night Attack AV-8Bs by the end of 1992.The AV-8B N/A variant (originally known as the AV-8D) had its first operational development in 1984 and included use of the NAVFLIR (Navigation Forward-Looking Infrared camera, consisting of a GEC-Marconi FLIR system mounted in the nose) for night operations. Additionally, GEC Cat's Eyes night vision goggles were provided to the pilot as well as a revised cockpit with color MFDs, a wider field-of-view HUD display, a color CRT digital moving map, and a complete "heads-down" operation capability. The AV-8B N/A also sports four Tracor ALE-39 countermeasures dispensers along the top of the rear fuselage, in addition to two ALE-39 dispensers along the lower rear of the fuselage. The AV-8B N/A also fields an updated version of the Rolls-Royce Pegasus 11-61 (F402-RR-408) vectored-thrust turbofan engine.

The subject of this study level simulation is the AV-8B N/A Bu No's 163853 and up which are the latest variant of this very capable AV-8B version.

Key Features of DCS: AV-8B N/A VTOL by RAZBAM include:

  • Advanced Flight Model that provides realistic performance and flight characteristics of a Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) aircraft

  • Highly detailed external 3D model and textures with animations

  • Highly detailed and accurate 6 DOF cockpit with high resolution textures, specular and bump mapping, and mouse-interactive controls

  • Highly realistic modelling of the aircraft systems including electrical, fuel, hydraulics, lighting, engine and navigation that includes:

    • Digital Engine Control System (DECS)

    • Automatic Fuel System

    • Air Refueling System

    • Electrical Power System

    • External Lighting

    • Internal Lighting

    • Hydraulic Power Supply System

    • Flight Control System (FCS)

    • Head-Up Display (HUD)

    • Up-front Control (UFC)

    • Option Display Unit (ODU)

    • Multipurpose Color Displays (MPCD)

    • VREST Computer (for jet-borne flight)

    • Air Data Computer (ADC)

    • Environmental Control System (ECS)

    • On-Board Oxygen Generating System (OBOGS)

  • Realistic weapons, sensor, and defensive systems include:

    • Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground GAU-12 Equalizer 25 mm (0.984 in) 5-barreled Rotary cannon pod

    • 6 under-wing pylon stations holding up to 9,200 lb (4,200 kg) of payload which include:

    • AIM-9 Sidewinder or similar-sized infrared-guided missiles

    • AGM-65 Maverick Air-to-Surface missiles

    • Mark 80 series of unguided bombs (including 3 kg [6.6 lb] and 14 kg [31 lb] practice bombs)

    • Paveway series of Laser-Guided Bombs (LGBs)

    • Joint Direct Attack Munitions (GBU-38, GBU-32, and GBU-54)

    • Mark 20 Cluster Bomb Units (CBUs)

    • AN/AAQ-28V LITENING targeting pod

  • ALQ-164 ECM Pod

  • Several skins

  • Detailed Operational Manual and Pocket guide

  • Instant Action, Single, and Training Missions

  • Detailed representation of the USS Tarawa (LHA-1), lead ship of her class.

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