|Statement||by the Comptroller General of the United States.|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||iv, 19 p. :|
|Number of Pages||19|
Is the AV-8B advanced Harrier aircraft ready for full-scale development? [Washington]: General Accounting Office, (OCoLC) Material Type: Government publication, National government publication: Document Type: Book: All Authors / Contributors: United States. General Accounting Office. OCLC Number: Notes: Cover title. COMPTROLLER GENERAL'S IS THE AV-8B ADVANCED REPORT TO THE CONGRESS HARRIER AIRCRAFT READY FOR FULL-SCALE DEVELOPMENT? l. f DIGEST - _- In the Secretary of Defense is planning to authorize full-scale development of the AV-8B. However, he will do so not because the AV-8B will have been selected as the. The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) AV-8B Harrier II is a single-engine ground-attack aircraft that constitutes the second generation of the Harrier Jump Jet family. Capable of vertical or short takeoff and landing (V/STOL), the aircraft was designed in the late s as an Anglo-American development of the British Hawker Siddeley Harrier, the first operational V/STOL cturer: McDonnell Douglas / British Aerospace, . The T/AV-8B Harrier II Weapon System, from here on referred to as the AV-8B, with its superior capability for light attack and air-to-air missions, replaced the AV-8A/C and A-4M aircraft.
About the AV-8B Harrier II: The BAE Systems/Boeing AV-8B Harrier II Plus is a single-seat, single-engine, subsonic ground attack fighter aircraft capable of Vertical/Short Take Off and Landing (V/STOL). The Harrier provides the U.S. Marine Corps with a high . Despite having the highest accident rate of any U.S. Marine Corps fixed-wing aircraft, the Marines will keep the AV-8B Harrier around longer than planned. The reason is simple: Marine F/A The Harrier today is one of the truly unique and most widely known of military aircraft. It is unique as the only fixed wing V/STOL aircraft in the free world. It also is unusual in the international nature of its development, which brought the design from the first British P prototype to the AV-8B Harrier . Devoid of an afterburner and with deflected jet blast, the Harrier has a low infrared signature, making it a more difficult target for heat seeking missiles. Originally delivered as an AV-8A Harrier on 17 January , the Museum's display aircraft was redesignated an AV-8C in , one of 47 AV-8As converted.
The two companies planned to manufacture "Harrier II's", with the USMC expected to procure aircraft and the RAF, Four full-scale development (FSD) aircraft were constructed. The first of these (BuNo ), used mainly for testing performance and handling qualities, made its maiden flight on 5 November , piloted by : K. The mission of the VMA STOVL squadron is to attack and destroy surface and air targets, to escort helicopters, and to conduct other such air operations as may be directed. Specific tasks of the AV-8B Harrier II include: The AV-8B V/STOL strike aircraft was designed to replace the AV-8A and the A-4M. The first prototypes, built by McDonnell Douglas, had the designation AV "Advanced Harrier“. Later two AV-8A were rebuilt with a new, larger, carbon fibre suoercritical wing. Designated YAV-8B, these began flying on 9th November , followed on 5 November by the first FSD (Full Scale Development) AV-8B. The AV-8B Harrier II is a single-engine ground-attack aircraft that constitutes the second generation of the Harrier Jump Jet family. Capable of vertical or short takeoff and landing (V/STOL), the aircraft was designed in the late s as an Anglo-American development of the British Hawker Siddeley Harrier, the first operational V/STOL aircraft.