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099 AV-8B HARRIER II: Units of Operation Iraqi Freedom I-VI

099 AV-8B HARRIER II: Units of Operation Iraqi Freedom I-VI
by Nordeen, Lon

1-992099

The AV-8B Harrier was, and still is, the only tactical aircraft that can deploy with the US Marine Corps on amphibious assault ships and provide air cover and close air support separate from large deck aircraft carriers. Having seen action during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, the Harrier II returned to the theater from March 2003 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In the initial conflict some 76 AV-8Bs were deployed, providing more than 40% of the 3rd Marine Air Wing's fixed-wing offensive firepower.

Around 60 of these aircraft were sea-based aboard four 'Harrier Carriers,' while a unit flew jets from Ahmed al Jaber in Kuwait. Unlike in 1991, when Harrier IIs employed unguided weapons, 79% of the ordnance dropped was precision-guided. This was primarily due to the AV-8B's upgrading to Night Attack or radar-equipped configuration, and the introduction of the Litening II targeting pod. Following the occupation of Iraq by Coalition troops, Harrier IIs remained in theater supporting anti-insurgent operations through to 2008 as part of OIF II-VI.

1 vol, 96 pgs 2013 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-softcover, available late October 2013 ......$23.00

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