Harrier to eagle's nest, target is in sight!
- Harrier II
HT Portrait Harrier

The AV-8B Harrier II can only be deployed by Tarawa class aircraft carriers. For all intents and purposes, Harriers perform as helicopters.

The Harriers act as a short-range support aircraft and are particularly useful for ground attacks on tanks and troop concentrations, but they are relatively effective against buildings. Each Harrier is armed with one cruise missile for attacking enemy ships. It has unlimited anti-tank missiles, however it must return to its carrier to rearm the cruise missile.


The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) AV-8B Harrier II is a second-generation vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) ground-attack aircraft. An Anglo-American development of the British Hawker Siddeley Harrier, the Harrier II is the final member of the Harrier family that started with the Hawker Siddeley P.1127 in the early 1960s.

The AV-8B is primarily used for light attack or multi-role missions, and is typically operated from small aircraft carriers, large amphibious assault ships and simple forward operating bases. The AV-8B is used by the United States Marine Corps (USMC), Spanish Navy and Italian Navy. A variant of the AV-8B, the British Aerospace Harrier II was developed for the British military. The Harrier II and other models of the Harrier family have been called "Jump Jets".


HT Portrait RecallAircraft Recall aircraft
Orders the Harrier II to immediately return to its parent LHA-1 Tarawa.

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