The unique British fighter aircraft serves UK defense for more than 40 years.
This fighter aircraft is world's only vertical take off and landing fighter aircraft which can be
flown from both airfields on land & from smaller aircraft carrier on sea.
The cause that make this fighter unique & internationally reputed is that it hovers like a helicopter & flies like a fighter .
During the Falklands War Harriers shot down 24 Argentinian jets without a single air-to-air loss.
Harrier jump jet was first designed and built by Hawker Aircraft Limited in 1957.
There are four main versions of the Harrier family .
1.Hawker Siddeley Harrier 2.BAE systems AV-8B Harrier II 3.British Aerospace sea Harrier . 4.BAE systems/Boeing Harrier II
It's maximum take-off weight is from 17,000 lb to 31,000 lb .
It's maximum speed is 877km/h to 1,070 km/h.
The Harrier fighter has one jet engine (The Pegasus 6/The Pegasus 11) it has four nozzles that direct the jet engine thrust downwards for vertical lift.
The main cause of it's success is it's decent top speed ,it's long range & it's ability to hover in the sky .
Although it is an useful equipment of the UK defense soon it will go to retirement for financial cut off project & a replacement project by F-35 Lightning II aircraft .