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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.

AV-8B+s were utilized in the Lighthouse War by Erusea during Operation One Pair,[3] Operation Siren's Song,[4] Operation Magic Spear,[5] Operation Werewolf,[6] and Operation Giant's Step.[7] 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.[8]

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.

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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.
Stats and Prices Lv.1-10
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
1 425 F F+ E F+ E F 10,710
2 460 F+ F+ E+ F+ E+ F+ 2,680
3 495 F+ E E+ F+ E+ E 3,750
4 530 E E D E D E+ 10,890
5 565 E+ E+ D+ E D D 16,070
6 600 E+ E+ D+ E D+ D+ 80,330
7 635 D E+ D+ E C C 57,840
8 670 D D D+ E C C 114,240
9 705 D+ D C E+ C B 214,200
10 740 D+ D C E+ C B+ 510,510
Stats and Prices Lv.11-20
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
11 787 C D+ C+ E+ C+ B+ 757,420
12 834 C+ C B D B A 1,570,800
13 881 B C+ B+ D B+ A+ 2,106,300
14 928 B+ C+ A D+ A S 2,677,500
15 975 B+ B A D+ A S+ 2,723,910
16 1031 A B+ A+ C A+ S+ 4,755,240
17 1093 A+ B+ S C+ S S+ 5,440,680
18 1152 A+ A S+ C+ S+ S+ 6,118,980
19 1211 S A S+ B S+ S+ 7,818,300
20 1270 S+ A+ S+ B+ S+ S+ 9,853,200


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Weapon Ammo Lv.1-10
Lv. GUN MSL 4AGM RKTL LASM
1 215 84 10
2 236 88 14
3 257 92 18
4 278 96 20 9
5 300 100 22 10
6 321 106 26 12
7 343 112 28 13 13
8 365 118 30 14 14
9 387 124 32 15 15
10 409 130 34 16 16
Weapon Ammo Lv.11-20
Lv. GUN MSL 4AGM RKTL LASM
11 430 134 36 17 17
12 452 138 38 18 18
13 474 142 40 19 19
14 496 146 42 20 20
15 518 150 46 22 22
16 537 152 48 23 23
17 556 154 50 24 24
18 576 156 52 25 25
19 595 158 54 26 26
20 615 160 58 28 28

Part Slots
These are the minimum / maximum part slots this aircraft carried at the respective levels. Part slots could be added until they reach maximum by repeatedly sortieing with the aircraft; see Tuning for more information. A maximum of 7 parts could be equipped at any time, regardless of available slots.

BODY / Max ARMS / Max MISC / Max
Lv.1-5 12 / 38 12 / 38 12 / 38
Lv.6-14 14 / 40 14 / 40 14 / 40
Lv.15-19 15 / 41 15 / 41 15 / 41
Lv.20 16 / 42 16 / 42 16 / 42

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.

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Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

How to Unlock

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

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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.

References

  1. Mission 07: "Bastion", Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  2. Mission 08: "Merlon", Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  3. Mission 06: "Long Day", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  4. Mission 11: "Fleet Destruction", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  5. Mission 13: "Bunker Buster", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  6. Mission 14: "Cape Rainy Assault", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  7. Mission 15: "Battle for Farbanti", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  8. Mission 18: "Lost Kingdom", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
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