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AV-8B Enters Open Beta


RAZBAM has announced the DCS: AV-8B Night Attack V/STOL is now available as an open beta.  The package is based on the AV-8B N/A Bu No’s 163853 and up, the latest variant of the AV-8B.

Key highlights include an advanced flight model with accurate VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) characteristics, a detailed external 3D model while the 6-DOF cockpit features high-resolution textures, specular and bump mapping, and mouse-interactive controls.

All systems have been realistically modelled including the electrical, fuel, hydraulics, lighting, engine and navigation.

• Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground GAU-12 Equalizer 25 mm (0.984 in) 5-barreled Rotary cannon pod
• Under-wing pylon stations holding up to 9,200 lb (4,200 kg) of payload which include:
– AIM-9 Sidewinder or similar-sized infrared-guided missiles
– AGM-65 Maverick Air-to-Surface missiles
– Mark 80 series of unguided bombs (including 3 kg and 14 kg practice bombs)
– Paveway series of Laser-Guided Bombs (LGBs)
– Joint Direct Attack Munitions (GBU-38, GBU-32, and GBU-54)
– Mark 20 Cluster Bomb Units (CBUs)
– AN/AAQ-28V LITENING targeting pod
– ALQ-164 ECM Pod
• Operational Manual and Pocket guide
• Instant Action, Single, and Training Missions
• Detailed representation of the USS Tarawa (LHA-1), lead ship of her class.

Click here for more information on the DCS website

The real AV-8B
Born in the early 1970s, the AV-8B project was introduced to address the operational inadequacies of the AV-8A first generation Harrier.  The AV-8B made its maiden flight in 1981 and entered service with the US Marine Corps in January 1985. It later evolved into the AV-8B N/A (Night Attack) and AV-8B Harrier II Plus.

Deliveries of the modified AV-8B in the night attack configuration to the USMC began in September 1989 to VMA-214 at Yuma, Arizona.  Follow-up units based out of Yuma received their Night Attack AV-8Bs by the end of 1992.  The AV-8B N/A variant (originally known as the AV-8D) had its first operational development in 1984 and included use of the NAVFLIR (Navigation Forward-Looking Infrared camera, consisting of a GEC-Marconi FLIR system mounted in the nose) for night operations. Additionally, GEC Cat’s Eyes night vision goggles were provided to the pilot as well as a revised cockpit with colour MFDs, a wider field-of-view HUD display, a colour CRT digital moving map, and a complete “heads-down” operation capability. The AV-8B N/A also sports four Tracor ALE-39 countermeasures dispensers along the top of the rear fuselage, in addition to two ALE-39 dispensers along the lower rear of the fuselage. The AV-8B N/A also fields an updated version of the Rolls-Royce Pegasus 11-61 (F402-RR-408) vectored-thrust turbofan engine.


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