Harrier GR.7

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This page is about the premium British strike aircraft Harrier GR.7. For other versions, see Harrier (Family).
Harrier GR.7
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Harrier GR.7
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Description

The Harrier GR.7 is a rank VII British strike aircraft with a battle rating of 11.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Drone Age".

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 0 m1 125 km/h
Turn time30 s
Max altitude12 192 m
EngineRolls-Royce Pegasus Mk.105
TypeJet
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight14 t
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 1,116 1,110 12192 30.4 30.9 70.8 70.8 550
Upgraded 1,133 1,125 29.6 30.0 111.1 89.7

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 N/A 829 556 ~15 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 648 < 950 < 790 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Rolls-Royce Pegasus Mk.105 1 6,057 kg ___ kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Gross
Weight
Weight (each) Type 14m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 49m fuel
1,710 kg Vectored-thrust low-bypass turbofan 7,113 kg 7,467 kg 8,173 kg 9,230 kg 9,577 kg 14,567 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 14m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 49m fuel MGW
Stationary 8,490 kgf 9,230 kgf 1.30 1.24 1.13 1.00 0.96 0.63
Optimal 9,198 kgf
(0 km/h)
9,945 kgf
(0 km/h)
1.40 1.33 1.22 1.08 1.04 0.68

Survivability and armour

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 800 → 6 889 Sl icon.png
RB9 160 → 16 607 Sl icon.png
SB11 220 → 20 341 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications504 000 Rp icon.png
462 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 900 Ge icon.png
Crew training300 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 060 000 Sl icon.png
Aces3 000 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 140 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
110 / 280 / 600 % Sl icon.png
238 / 238 / 238 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Compressor
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods booster.png
New boosters
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
21 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mods g suit.png
G-suit
Research:
21 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
aden_25_belt_pack
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods thermal sight.png
TIALD
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon block rocket.png
LAU-5003 B/A
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods heli false thermal targets.png
Flares/Chaff
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk.N1 540lb
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods laser guided bomb.png
GBU-12
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon block rocket.png
Matra SNEB
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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aden_25_new_gun
Research:
21 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods laser guided bomb.png
Mk.13/18
Research:
21 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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AGM-65D
Research:
21 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods heli false thermal targets.png
Flares/Chaff
Research:
21 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine extinguisher.png
EFS
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk.10 1000lb
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mods laser guided bomb.png
GBU-24
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
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AIM-9L
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mods night vision device.png
NVD
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png

Armaments

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

The Harrier GR.7 is armed with:

  • A choice between two presets:
    • Without offensive armament
    • 60 x countermeasures

Suspended armament

The Harrier GR.7 can be outfitted with the following ordnance presets:

  • 2 x 25 mm ADEN 25 cannons (100 rpg = 200 total)
  • 2 x AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles + 640 x countermeasures
  • 108 x SNEB type 23 rockets
  • 114 x CRV7 M247 rockets
  • 2 x 540 lb Mk.M2 bombs (1,080 lb total)
  • 5 x 1,000 lb H.E. M.C. Mk.13 bombs (5,000 lb total)
  • 6 x 295 kg GBU-12 Paveway II bombs (1,770 kg total)
  • 4 x 546 kg Mk.13 bombs (2,184 kg total)
  • 2 x 2,000 lb GBU-24 Paveway III bombs (4,000 lb total)
  • 4 x AGM-65D missiles

Custom loadout options

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
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25 mm ADEN 25 cannons (100 rpg) 1 1
540 lb Mk.M2 bombs 1 1
1,000 lb H.E. M.C. Mk.13 bombs 1 1 1 1 1
277 kg GBU-12 Paveway II bombs 1* 1* 1* 1* 1* 1
546 kg Mk.13 bombs 1* 1* 1* 1*
2,000 lb GBU-24 Paveway III bombs 1* 1*
CRV7 M247 rockets 19 19 19 19 19 19
SNEB type 23 rockets 18 18 18 18 18 18
AGM-65D missiles 1 1 1 1
AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles 1 1 1 1
Countermeasures 160 160 160 160
TIALD 1*
Maximum permissible wing load: 1,900 kg
Maximum permissible weight imbalance: 1,400 kg
* The TIALD targeting pod must be carried when equipping guided bombs
AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles can be carried in conjunction with countermeasure pods on the same hardpoint

Usage in battles

The Harrier is a subsonic fighter fighting against a mostly supersonic opposition. However, as a weapons platform, it has access to some features that make it able to compete:

You can carry up to 4 AIM-9L missiles that are all-aspect, have an maximum overload of 30 G, and a maximum launch range of 18 km. In realistic terms, that means that if you have an altitude advantage of 1-2 km to someone running away from you you are still able to lock them and fire at a distance of up to 5-6 km and the missile still has a good chance of reaching them. The AIM-9Ls have a decent flare resistance if the enemy still has his afterburner on. However, you should avoid firing them in a frontal aspect as just a few flares will be able to decoy them.

You will receive access to 60 countermeasures with the first countermeasure modification and with the second you unlock the option to carry 160 countermeasures on each of the Sidewinder pylons, totalling to 4 X 160 + 60 = 700 countermeasures. It is highly recommend to run them mixed (both flares and chaff). This allows you to use the periodic countermeasures dispense function when you are in situations where your situational awareness will be limited, to prevent a missile kill.

You also receive a RWR, which is a useful tool for roughly finding the location of enemies and warning you when you are locked on radar.

At the beginning of the match you can climb to the side along the same flight path as the rest of your team. Try keeping a speed of above 800 km/h while climbing to maybe 5,000 to 7,000 m altitude. That playstyle would leave you however open to some BVR misses being fired by enemies like the F-14. If you pick up a warning on your RWR and see a semi-active or active radar-guided missile you will want to fly perpendicularly to the source of the enemy radar whilst deploying chaff.

The general playstyle would be to wait for the proper opportunity. You are not the plane that will carry the match, you are a support aircraft. Almost all matches inevitably turn into a furball fight where enemies and allies will be located in a tight area. You can dive down from above on them and fire your AIM-9Ls on unsuspecting targets. Be careful not to fire your missiles when allies are very close to the enemy, as you can easily kill a teammate by mistake.

When surrounded by enemies, turn on automatic countermeasure dispenser and focus on the enemies position and who you can target and to where you can disengage. Try to avoid turning with enemies as even with the VTOL controls you will probably be outmatched. A turnfight should be your last resort.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • It has a very large count of countermeasures (700 if all four BOL rails are equipped)
  • Even if only two BOL rails are equipped the amount of countermeasures is still very impressive at 380
  • Can carry up to four very effective AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles
  • Dedicated missile pylons ensure you can always carry at least two AIM-9Ls without sacrificing any ground attack ordnance
  • Has built in target tracker and FLIR even without targeting pod
  • Has pilot night vision
  • ADEN 25 cannons have very high rate of fire and velocity
  • Access to a very diverse range of ground attack ordnance including 610 lb, 1,200 lb and 2,000 lb laser guided bombs and AGM-65D Mavericks
  • Can carry six laser guided bombs at the same time
  • TIALD pod (which has far better zoom and resolution than the missile seeker) can be used to lock AGM-65Ds onto targets.
  • It is very hard to rip the wings due to excessive speed or G overload, thanks to the very high G overload limit and the wing rip speed being above what the aircraft can typically achieve
  • CR7V M247 rockets are very effective at killing spaa's from range due to very high speed and explosive mass being much better than SNEB rockets

Cons:

  • The exceptional rate of fire and low ammo count of the gun pods gives you very limited trigger time before running out of ammo
  • 25 mm belts have no tracer rounds, making it hard to learn the unique ballistics of the ADEN cannon
  • No radar
  • Subsonic
  • Engine overheats if used at 100% or WEP - about 90-95% throttle is the most you can use for extended periods of time (depending on map temperature)
  • Limited WEP time
  • Lower top speed than first generation Harriers

History

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External links


British Aerospace plc
Strike Aircraft  Harrier GR.7
See also  Hawker Aircraft Limited

Britain jet aircraft
Blackburn  Buccaneer S.1 · Buccaneer S.2
English Electric  Canberra B Mk 2 · Canberra B (I) Mk 6 · Lightning F.6 · Lightning F.53
Gloster  Meteor F Mk 3 · Sea Meteor F Mk 3 · Meteor F Mk 4 G.41F · Meteor F Mk 4 G.41G · Meteor F Mk 8 G.41K · Meteor F Mk.8 Reaper
  Javelin F.(A.W.) Mk.9
de Havilland  Vampire FB 5 · Venom FB.4 · Sea Venom FAW 20 · Sea Vixen F.A.W. Mk.2
Hawker  Sea Hawk FGA.6 · Hunter F.1 · Hunter F.6 · Hunter FGA.9 · Harrier GR.1 · Harrier GR.3 · Harrier GR.7
SEPECAT  Jaguar GR.1 · Jaguar GR.1A
Supermarine  Attacker FB 1 · Attacker FB.2 · Scimitar F Mk.1 · Swift F.1 · Swift F.7
Foreign  Phantom FG.1 (USA) · Phantom FGR.2 (USA)