Developed in Great Britain by Hawker Siddeley (later part of British Aerospace) the Harrier is one of only three vertical/short takeoff and landing jets to go into full production. First placed in service by the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy the Harrier first saw combat in the 1982 Falklands War between Britain and Argentina.
The FA2 version of the Harrier is a greatly upgraded version of the original Sea Harrier and was used by the Royal Navy for fleet air defense and strike missions. The primary difference to other Harrier versions is the inclusion of a sophisticated air intercept radar in the larger nose of the aircraft. The FA2 was the only version of the Harrier capable of firing the AMRAAM radar guided air-to-air missile.
Royal Navy, 899 Naval Air Squadron, Yeovilton, 2005
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