The AV-8B Harrier II Plus is a multi-mission, short-takeoff vertical landing (STOVL) tactical strike aircraft. Because of its short-to-vertical takeoff and landing characteristics, it possesses basing flexibility that is unmatched by other fixed-wing aircraft. Furthermore, it supports a broad selection of air-to-air and air-to-surface weapon systems and third-generation technologies that address diverse tactical scenarios.
Power and Lift:
The AV-8B Harrier II Plus has a power and lift configuration that includes the following elements:
A 23,500-pound thrust Rolls-Royce Pegasus 11-61 (F402-RR-408) engine
Four rotating nozzles that provide its direct-lift capability, enabling the aircraft to hover
Weapon Systems and TechnologiesThe AV-8B Harrier II Plus carries the following weapons systems and technologies:
Planned as a major upgrade to the AV-8A Harrier I and with roots that go back to the Hawker P.1127, the AV-8B Harrier II Plus is a collaborative effort: