The highly anticipated AV-8B Night Attack variant of the infamous Harrier jump-jet is now available for pre-order on the Eagle Dynamics DCS eStore. Excitement has been building to this point and now its nearly here.
A versatile jump jet
The USMC variant of the British Harrier jump-jet is a capable aircraft with a good variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons packaged into a small fighter jet that can takeoff and land almost anywhere. It’s quite a cool package and it looks like RAZBAM has crafted it beautifully.
It’s a night attack version as well with forward looking FLIR and night vision goggles are available for the in-game pilot to wear. The HUD and cockpit is setup to be used with the goggles and I can only assume that RAZBAM has worked hard to make sure that its an authentic experience.
The pre-order trailer also went online today put together by DCS video producing legend ‘Glowing AMRAAM’ who is now officially an employee of ED. It’s well worth watching and stick around to the very end because there’s a fun little stinger at the end there. The entire trailer was also captured using a pre-release version of DCS World 2.5 with background scenes that probably feature the new Strait of Hormuz map.
Some of the key details
As with most DCS modules, you don’t just get a jet but a whole host of systems, countermeasures and ordinance to throw at your enemy. Some of these you’re familiar with and have used many times over and some of these are new.
These are just a few of the highlights:
- Advanced Flight Model with the highest fidelity flight modeling available in DCS and the first to feature a VTOL jet fighter
- Detailed cockpit with night vision and colour multi-function displays
- Plenty of ordinance including Mark 20 CBU, multiple JDAM varieties, AIM-9 and AGM-65 Maverick missiles
- USS Tarawa (LHA-1) will also be included into DCS for use with the Harrier
Pre-purchase, still early access.
You can pre-purchase the AV-8B right now in the DCS e-Store for $49.99 USD which is a $10 discount over the regular price on release. Regular release is slated for sometime late November which means that the first access to the Harrier is only a few weeks away.
One caveat to all of this. These are nearly always early access releases at first (most third party DCS modules are still listed as early access months after release) with systems still being developed and plenty of bugs to be found. While I’ve found the Mirage 2000C to be a quality module, its still receiving updates and upgrades as time goes on. If you’re the patient type and are willing to overlook a few bugs to be the first to fly the Harrier in DCS, then this is for you. If you want a more perfected release… you can always wait it out. My 0.02-cents on the matter.