AV-8B Plus

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A-10A Thunderbolt (Early)
This page is about the American jet fighter AV-8B Plus. For other versions, see Harrier (Family).
AV-8B Plus
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AV-8B Plus
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Description

The AV-8B Plus Harrier is a rank VIII American strike aircraft with a battle rating of 12.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Seek & Destroy".

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 0 m1 134 km/h
Turn time30 s
Max altitude12 192 m
EngineRolls-Royce F402-RR-408
TypeJet
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight14 t

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at 0 m - sea level)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 1,126 1,119 12192 31.5 32.1 82.7 82.7 550
Upgraded ___ ___ __._ __._ __._ __._

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1,137 648 - ___ ___ ~__ ~__
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< ___ < ___ < ___ -

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Rolls-Royce F402-RR-408 1 6,679 kg 472 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Gross
Weight
Weight (each) Type 13m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel
1,796 kg Vectored-thrust low-bypass turbofan 7,735 kg 8,215 kg 8,984 kg 10,199 kg 13,007 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 13m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel MGW
Stationary 10,024 kgf 10,840 kgf 1.40 1.32 1.21 1.06 0.83
Optimal 10,024 kgf
(0 km/h)
10,840 kgf
(0 km/h)
1.40 1.32 1.21 1.06 0.83

Survivability and armour

Flares/Chaff
Aircraft countermeasures to distract IR and radar-guided missiles and also AA radar
Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear648 km/h

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 569 → 5 635 Sl icon.png
RB8 044 → 12 701 Sl icon.png
SB11 100 → 17 526 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications336 000 Rp icon.png
515 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost3 200 Ge icon.png
Crew training310 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 100 000 Sl icon.png
Aces3 600 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 350 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
80 / 290 / 530 % Sl icon.png
256 / 256 / 256 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods jet compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mods booster.png
New boosters
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
750 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods heli false thermal targets.png
Flares/Chaff
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon block rocket.png
LAU-3/A
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods ammo.png
gau_12_belt_pack
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods thermal sight.png
LITENING II
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods napalm fire bomb.png
MK 77
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mods g suit.png
G-suit
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon block rocket large.png
LAU-10/A
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
Mods laser guided bomb.png
GBU-12
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk82
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods night vision device.png
NVD
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods air to air missile.png
AIM-9L
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
gau_12_new_gun
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods weapon.png
gau_12_new_gun
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods laser guided bomb.png
GBU-16
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk83
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk83
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine extinguisher.png
EFS
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
750 Ge icon.png
Mods air to air missile.png
AIM-9M
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
750 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow right 0.png
AIM-120A
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
750 Ge icon.png
Mods atgm heli preset.png
AGM-65D
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
750 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow right 0.png
Mods atgm heli preset.png
AGM-65G
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
750 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Ballistic Computer
CCIP (Guns) CCIP (Rockets) CCIP (Bombs) CCRP (Bombs) EEGS
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Offensive armament

The AV-8B Plus is armed with:

  • 180 x countermeasures

Suspended armament

The AV-8B Plus can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Hardpoints AV-8B Plus (Italy).png
25 mm GAU-12/U cannons (300 rpg) 1
250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bombs 1 3 3 2 3 3 1
250 lb Mk 81 Snakeye bombs 1 3 3 2 3 3 1
500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs 1 3 3 2 3 3 1
500 lb Mk 82 Snakeye bombs 1 3 3 2 3 3 1
1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs 1 2 2 1
277 kg GBU-12 Paveway II bombs 2* 3* 3* 2*
1,092 lb GBU-16 Paveway II bombs 1* 1* 1* 1*
Mk 77 mod 4 incendiary bombs 1 2 2 2 2 1
FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets 38 57 57 38
Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets 8 12 12 8
AGM-65D missiles 1 1 1 1
AGM-65G missiles 1 1 1 1
AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles 1 1 1 1
AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles 1 1 1 1
AIM-120A missiles 1 1 1 1
LITENING II targeting pod 1*
* The LITENING II pod must be equipped when carrying guided bombs
Default weapon presets
  • 1 x 25 mm GAU-12/U cannon (300 rpg)
  • 2 x AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles
  • 190 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 40 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
  • 16 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bombs (4,000 lb total)
  • 16 x 250 lb Mk 81 Snakeye bombs (4,000 lb total)
  • 16 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (8,000 lb total)
  • 16 x 500 lb Mk 82 Snakeye bombs (8,000 lb total)
  • 6 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs (6,000 lb total)
  • 10 x 277 kg GBU-12 Paveway II bombs (2,770 kg total)
  • 4 x 1,092 lb GBU-16 Paveway II bombs (4,368 lb total)
  • 4 x AGM-65D missiles
  • 10 x Mk 77 mod 4 incendiary bombs
  • 4 x AGM-65G missiles
  • 4 x AIM-120A missiles

Usage in battles

Describe the tactics of playing in the aircraft, the features of using aircraft in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but instead, give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • VTOL capability
  • Equipped with AIM-120 air-to-air missiles
  • Large number of payload options
  • Hard-hitting gun, with SAPHEI, HVAP, and HEI rounds

Cons:

  • Subsonic, cannot exceed Mach 1 in level flight
  • Extremely limited ammo count for the autocannon

History

Describe the history of the creation and combat usage of the aircraft in more detail than in the introduction. If the historical reference turns out to be too long, take it to a separate article, taking a link to the article about the vehicle and adding a block "/History" (example: https://wiki.warthunder.com/(Vehicle-name)/History) and add a link to it here using the main template. Be sure to reference text and sources by using <ref></ref>, as well as adding them at the end of the article with <references />. This section may also include the vehicle's dev blog entry (if applicable) and the in-game encyclopedia description (under === In-game description ===, also if applicable).

Media

Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • other literature.


McDonnell Aircraft Corporation
Jet Fighters  F2H-2 · F3H-2
  F-4C Phantom II · F-4E Phantom II · F-4J Phantom II · F-4S Phantom II
  F-15A · F-15C MSIP II
Strike Aircraft  AV-8B Plus
Helicopters  AH-6M
Export/Licensed 
Aircraft  ◄F-4F Early · ◄F-4F · ◄F-4F KWS LV · Phantom FG.1 · Phantom FGR.2 · F-4J(UK) Phantom II · F-4EJ Phantom II · F-4EJ ADTW · Kurnass · Kurnass 2000
  F-15J · F-15J(M) · Baz · Baz Meshupar
  ▄AV-8B Plus
Helicopters  Lahatut
  The McDonnell Aircraft Corporation merged with Douglas Aircraft Company in 1967 to form McDonnell Douglas Corporation. Later it was merged with The Boeing Company in 1997.
See Also  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

USA jet aircraft
  Fighters
F-4  F-4C Phantom II · F-4E Phantom II · F-4J Phantom II · F-4S Phantom II
F-5  F-5A · F-5C · F-5E · F-20A
F-8  F8U-2 · F-8E
F-80  F-80A-5 · F-80C-10
F-84  F-84B-26 · F-84F · F-84G-21-RE
F-86  F-86A-5 · F-86F-25 · F-86F-2 · F-86F-35
F-89  F-89B · F-89D
F-100  F-100D
F-104  F-104A · F-104C
F-14  F-14A Early · F-14B
F-15  F-15A · F-15C MSIP II
F-16  F-16A · F-16A ADF · F-16C
F9F  F9F-2 · F9F-5 · F9F-8
Other  P-59A · F2H-2 · F3D-1 · F3H-2 · F4D-1 · F11F-1
  Strike Aircraft
FJ-4  FJ-4B · FJ-4B VMF-232
A-4  A-4B · A-4E Early
A-6  A-6E TRAM
A-7  A-7D · A-7E · A-7K
AV-8  AV-8A · AV-8C · AV-8B Plus
A-10  A-10A · A-10A Late
B-57  B-57A · B-57B
F-105  F-105D
F-111  F-111A