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"Multiple aircraft approaching this airspace. They're Harriers."
AWACS Long Caster

The AV-8B Harrier II plus, sometimes abbreviated as AV-8B+, is an upgraded variant of the AV-8B Harrier II. It has a few improvements over the original plane, including an FLIR (forward-looking infrared camera), an upgraded cockpit with compatibility for night vision goggles, a more powerful engine, and an advanced radar.

History

Strangereal

Several AV-8B+s were utilized by the Belkan Air Force against the Allied Forces during the Belkan War. AV-8B+ squadrons engaged the Allied Forces during Operation Hell Bound[1] and Operation Dynamo[2], but were shot down.

During the Emmeria-Estovakia War, the Estovakian Air Force deployed multiple AV-8B+s to ambush the Emmerian Army's Warlock Separate Battalion during the battle of Ragno Fortress. Ultimately, their ambush failed as all AV-8B+s were shot down by Emmerian escort aircraft.[3]

AV-8B+s were utilized in the Lighthouse War by Erusea during Operation One Pair,[4] Operation Siren's Song,[5] Operation Magic Spear,[6] Operation Werewolf,[7] and Operation Giant's Step.[8] Following the collapse of Usea's satellite network, the reestablished Voslagian Air Force gained access to two AV-8B+s and were used in the defense of Shilage Castle during Operation Beehive.[9]

Assault Horizon universe

Harriers were utilized during the New Russian Federation uprising.

Infinity universe

The USEA Federation operated Harriers during Operation Eternal Liberation.

Game Analysis

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

How to Unlock

This aircraft is not available to the player.

Gallery

Ace Combat Infinity

"This attacker was developed to make VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) a reality. It has a unique design featuring high mounted wings and four rotating nozzles. This makes it possible to operate in limited spaces such as light aircraft carriers and small airfields. The aircraft is commonly known as the "Harrier"."
Hangar

How to Unlock

The AV-8B is available through the Aircraft Tree.
Lv. Cst Price GUN MSL 4AGM RKTL LASM SP MO ST AA AG DF
1 425 10,710 215 84 10 F F+ E F+ E F
2 460 2,680 236 88 14 F+ F+ E+ F+ E+ F+
3 495 3,750 257 92 18 F+ E E+ F+ E+ E
4 530 10,890 278 96 20 9 E E D E D E+
5 565 16,070 300 100 22 10 E+ E+ D+ E D D
6 600 80,330[a] 321 106 26 12 E+ E+ D+ E D+ D+
7 635 57,840 343 112 28 13 13 D E+ D+ E C C
8 670 114,240 365 118 30 14 14 D D D+ E C C
9 705 214,200 387 124 32 15 15 D+ D C E+ C B
10 740 510,510 409 130 34 16 16 D+ D C E+ C B+
11 787 757,420 430 134 36 17 17 C D+ C+ E+ C+ B+
12 834 1,570,800 452 138 38 18 18 C+ C B D B A
13 881 2,106,300 474 142 40 19 19 B C+ B+ D B+ A+
14 928 2,677,500 496 146 42 20 20 B+ C+ A D+ A S
15 975 2,723,910 518 150 46 22 22 B+ B A D+ A S+
16 1031 4,755,240 537 152 48 23 23 A B+ A+ C A+ S+
17 1093 5,440,680 556 154 50 24 24 A+ B+ S C+ S S+
18 1152 6,118,980 576 156 52 25 25 A+ A S+ C+ S+ S+
19 1211 7,818,300 595 158 54 26 26 S A S+ B S+ S+
20 1270 9,853,200 615 160 28 28 28 S+ A+ S+ B+ S+ S+
Part Slots
At Lv.1, this aircraft carried 12 BODY, 12 ARMS, and 12 MISC part slots. See Tuning § Slot Expansion for further information.
Nicknames
Upgrading this aircraft to these levels unlocked the respective nicknames for use at any time.
  • Lv.3: Harrier Pilot
  • Lv.10: Pegasus
  • Lv.15: The Select Few
  • Lv.20: Microburst

Skins

  • Default
  • "Inferno" Skin: Flame pattern with "flaming skull" on top
  • Event Skin #01: 2-tone green camouflage; based on the AV-8B Harrier IIs of VMAT-203

Gallery

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

"This attacker was developed to make VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) a reality. It has a unique design featuring high mounted wings and four rotating nozzles. This makes it possible to operate in limited spaces such as light aircraft carriers and small airfields. The aircraft is commonly known as the "Harrier"."
Hangar

How to Unlock

The AV-8B can only be obtained via the "Online Map Pack" which also contains Tokyo, Honolulu, and the CFA-44 Nosferatu.

Statistics

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Special Weapons

Colors

  • Color 1: Grey drab
  • Color 2: Grey and green active camouflage
  • Color 3: White, red, black and gold livery based upon that worn by early AV-8B flight test models

Gallery

Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation

How to Unlock

The Harrier is not available to the player in this game.

Gallery

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

How to Unlock

The AV-8B+ is not available to the player in this game.

Gallery

Trivia

  • The tail code CF is used by the United States Marine Corps Marine Attack Squadron 211.
  • "RADAR" is written on the nose when using Color 3 in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, unlike the original test aircraft that featured this livery. This is due to the AV-8B+ being fitted with a radar, specifically the same AN/APG-65 used in the first generation F/A-18 Hornets. Other Harrier II variants do not feature any radar.
  • Handheld and older Ace Combat games, outside of Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War, featured the AV-8B Harrier II. The easiest way to discern between the plus and non-plus variants is by the radar system on the nose of the aircraft, which was added in the plus variant. As previously stated, other Harrier II variants did not feature any radar. The radar system can be seen on the nose of enemy Harriers in Ace Combat Zero, but not in any of the other older or handheld games.
  • In Assault Horizon and Ace Combat Infinity, the AV-8B+, along with the F-35B Lightning II and the ASF-X Shinden II, is capable of keeping its nose pointed upward while in the middle of a stall. This was likely intended to simulate VTOL, and it allows for effective targeting and firing at extremely slow speeds.

Footnotes

  1. Players could use one Nonstandard Upgrade Request Form instead of credits for the Lv.6 upgrade.

References

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