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Kagero Topshots 11020 - Sea Harrier FA2

Kagero Topshots 11020 - Sea Harrier FA2

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aHarrierFA2(FighterAttack)isaSingle-seat,multi-pur-posecombataircraft,capableofoperatinginround-the-clock,all-weatherconditions,andwithV/STOL(Vertical!ShortTake-OffandLanding)capabilities.Ithasbeendesignedasthefleetdefencefighter(optimisedforair-to-aircombat,withsecondarymissionsofsurveillance,air-to-seaandair-to-groundattack)andremainsinservicewiththeBritishRoyalNavy'sFleetAirArm.CurrentlyHarriersoperatefromdecksofthe
Invincible
classaircraftcarriers.FA2variantwasdesignedasthesuccessoroftheFRS1SeaHar-rier(Fighter/Reconaissance).TheFRS1hadparticipatedintheFalklandsWar,shootingdown23Argentineaircraft.Bytheendofeighties,however,itscombatcapabilitieshadprovenunsatis-factory,mainlybecauseofitspoorradarandlackofmediumrangeair-to-airmissiles.Hence,anupgradedvariantofSeaHar-rierwasordered.Thedesignteamfocusedonimprovingtheair-craft'savionicsandarmament.TheFA2prototypewasfirstflownon19thSeptember1988.ThefirstlandingoncarrierdeckCArkRoyal')tookplaceon7thNo-vember1990.TheFA2'sregularservicecommencedin1993.31FA2sareinfactupgradedSeaHarrierFRS1s,theremaining18arefactory-freshmachines.ThenewHarrierisfittedwiththenose-mountedGEC-Marconi
BlueVixen
multi-mode,pulse-Doppler,multi-targetradar.ThispowerfuldevicefeaturesTVrasterdaylightviewingtube,whichconveysflightinformation,aswellasradardata,topilot.Itselevenoperationalmodesallow,amongothers,tosimultaneouslylaunchandtrackontoindividualtargetsbeyondvisualrangeuptofourAIM-120AMRAAMs(AdvancedMediumRangeAir-to-AirMissiles).TheAMRAMM'sownavionicssystemscanassimilatetrack-while-scaninformationfromthe
BlueVixen
radarwhileenroutewithoutalertingthetarget,andswitchtoitsownactivehomingforthefinalstagesofinterception.TheFA2isalsoequippedwithGEC-Marconi
SkyGuardian200
radarwarningreceiverandAN/ALE-40chaff/flaredispenser.Radiocommunica-tionisprovidedbyGEC-MarconiAD-120VHPandmulti-channelMagnavoxAN/ARC-164UHF.TheIFF(IdentificationFriendorFoe)systemiseithertheAllied-SignalAN/APX-100Mk.12orthePlesseyPTR466D-bandIFFtransponder.Thecockpitisfittedwithhead-downmulti-roledisplays(HDD)andahead-updisplay(HUD).ThenavigationsystemsincludeAD2770TACANtacticalairnavigationsetandMADGEMicrowaveAirborneDigitalGuid-anceEquipment.TheRoyalNavySeaHarrierFA2updatepro-grammeincludedthefittingofareversionaryIPG-100Fglobalpositioningsystem.TherearsectionofthenewHarrieris35cmlongerthanitspre-decessor's.TheupgradedFRS1sreceivedentirenewtailsectionsinsteadoflengtheningtheexistingairframe.Theextraspaceisoccupiedbyavionicssystems.Curiously,theSeaHarrierFA2hasnobuilt-inarmament.IthasprovisionformountingtwopoddedAden30mmcanons.TherocketweaponryincludesAIM-120AMRAAMguidedmediumrangemissilesandcloserangeair-to-airAIM-9L/MSidewinders.TheFA2canbearmedwiththe"SeaEagle"anti-shipmissile(afire-and-forgetsea-skimmingmissilewithactiveradarhomingandarangeofover50miles),aswellasALARManti-radiationmissiles.Obviously,theaircraftcanalsodropclassicbombsandfireunguidedmissiles.ThissetofphotographsshowsSeaHarriersFA2of801.NAS(Na-valAirSquadron)duringjointAirDefenceExercisewiththePol-ishAirForceinSeptember2005,whentheywerestationedat8.ELT(Polish8thTacticalSquadron)airbaseinMiroslawiec.
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TheauthorwouldliketoexpresshisgratitudetoMr.EdwardGrantham,whokindlysharedhisphotoarchive,andtoCapt.AndrzejWeimann,whoassistedusduringthephotosession

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