McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II

TypeV/STOL ground-attack aircraft
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
ManufacturerMcDonnell Douglas / British Aerospace
Boeing / BAE Systems
First flightYAV-8B: 9 November 1978
AV-8B: 5 November 1981
IntroducedAugust 1985
Numbers built323
Unit costsUS$24–30 million
Max speedMach 1.0 (585 knots, 673 mph, 1,083 km/h)
Max rangeRange: 1,200 nmi (1,400 mi, 2,200 km)
Combat radius: 300 nmi (350 mi, 556 km)
Ferry range: 1,800 nmi (2,100 mi, 3,300 km)
DimensionsLength: 46 ft 4 in (14.12 m)
Wingspan: 30 ft 4 in (9.25 m)
Height: 11 ft 8 in (3.55 m)
Wing area: 243.4 ft² (22.61 m²)
WeightEmpty weight: 13,968 lb (6,340 kg)
Loaded weight: 22,950 lb (10,410 kg)
Max. takeoff weight:
- Rolling: 31,000 lb (14,100 kg)
- Vertical: 20,755 lb (9,415 kg)
Powerplant1 x Rolls-Royce F402-RR-408 (Mk 107) vectored-thrust turbofan, 23,500 lbf (105 kN)
ArmamentGuns: 1x General Dynamics GAU-12 Equalizer 25 mm (0.984 in) 5-barreled gatling cannon mounted under-fuselage in the left pod, with 300 rounds of ammunition in the right pod
Hardpoints: 6x under-wing pylon stations holding up to 13,200 lb (5,988 kg) of payload:

4x LAU-5003 rocket pods (each with 19× CRV7 70 mm rockets)


Air-to-air missiles:
4x AIM-9 Sidewinder or similar-sized infrared-guided missiles
6x AIM-120 AMRAAM (on radar equipped AV-8B Plus variants)
Air-to-surface missiles:
6x AGM-65 Maverick; or
2x AGM-84 Harpoon; or


CBU-100 cluster bombs (CBUs)
Mark 80 series of unguided bombs (including 3 kg and 14 kg practice bombs)
Paveway series of laser-guided bombs (LGBs)
Mark 77 napalm canisters


up to 4x 300/330/370 US Gallon drop tanks (pylon stations No. 2, 3, 4 & 5 are wet plumbed)
Intrepid Tiger II electronic jammer.
OperatorsItaly, Spain, United States

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