We’re still awaiting its release into Early Access but some lucky souls have had a chance to fly the aircraft already. Jabbers, Magz and DevildogGamer all have preview builds and they are sharing their experiences and plenty of eye candy.
Take-off, hover, SEAD, more!
The Harrier has a lot of unique features including suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD), vertical take-off and landing, vectoring thrusters, and some pretty fancy digital cockpit features.
First impressions from Jabbers is a fairly low-key but informative look at the AV-8B with a target attack using a Sidearm, Mavericks, and even a gun-pod.
Then Magz from MagzTV takes on the AV-8B in a couple of videos. First, his first impressions video with some details of systems (and ones still not fully setup).
… and then he follows it up with a Wild Weasel SEAD attack on an active SAM site.
Finally, DevildogGamer flies the preview AV-8B in his own first impressions video.
There may be more videos out there but this should give you a good idea on what the upcoming module is like. It looks superbly detailed and the fidelity of the systems modeling is typically top notch. Exactly what you’d expect from a high fidelity DCS module. If the Harrier jump jet is your kind of thing… this seems to be what you’ve been waiting for.
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I’m not seeing any attacks using the Harrier in hover. What’s the point of a Harrier after all?
I’ve never heard of the Harrier in British or American service ever using hover mode to attack. Makes you an easy target for AAA.
It’s all about basing. The Harrier can be forward deployed to an airstrip that cant really support a conventional takeoff jet. Or it can fly from a helicopter carrier. This is why the USMC is so in love with the VTOL concept and demanded it for the F-35.
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