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RAF Harrier GR7A Jump Jet - Operation Herrick, ZD404 "Lucy", No.1 (F) Squadron, Kandahar, Afghanistan, November 2006 [Low-Vis Scheme]

Hobby Master RAF Harrier GR7A Jump Jet - Operation Herrick, ZD404 "Lucy", No.1 (F) Squadron, Kandahar, Afghanistan, November 2006 [Low-Vis Scheme]




 
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Hobby Master HA2623 RAF Harrier GR7A Jump Jet - Operation Herrick, ZD404 "Lucy", No.1 (F) Squadron, Kandahar, Afghanistan, November 2006 [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:72 Scale) "Obsolete weapons do not deter."
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

The AV-8B Harrier II is a second generation vertical short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) aircraft based on the original British Harrier design of the late 1960's. Combining tactical mobility, responsiveness, reduced operating cost, and basing flexibility -- both afloat and ashore -- V/STOL aircraft are well-suited to the special combat and expeditionary requirements of the US Marine Corps.

The primary mission of the AV-8B Harrier II is to provide close air support to ground forces. Secondary missions include short range interdiction, fighter escort, deck launched interception, and combat air patrol (CAP).

After completing operational evaluation trials in March 1985, the USMC AV-8B Harrier II was formally approved for full production some six months later. A two-seat training version was introduced in 1987 and a night attack version entered service in late 1989.

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale RAF Harrier GR7A jump jet that was attached to No.1 (F) Squadron, which participated in Operation Herrick, and deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, during November 2006. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 5-inches
Length: 7-3/4-inches

Release Date: August 2019

Historical Account: "Operation Herrick" - Operation Herrick is the codename under which all British operations in the War in Afghanistan were conducted from 2002 to the end of combat operations in 2014. It consisted of the British contribution to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), and support to the American-led Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Since 2003, Operation Herrick has increased in size and breadth to match ISAF's growing geographical intervention in Afghanistan.

Operation Herrick superseded two previous efforts in Afghanistan. The first of these was Operation Veritas, which consisted of support to the War in Afghanistan in October 2001. The last major action of this was a sweep in east Afghanistan by 1,700 Royal Marines during Operation Jacana, which ended in mid-2002. The second was Operation Fingal, which involved leadership and a 2,000 strong contribution for a newly formed ISAF in Kabul after December 2001. Command was subsequently transferred to Turkey several months later and the British contingent was scaled back to 300. Since then, all combat operations in Afghanistan have been conducted under Operation Herrick.

In December 2012, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that 3,800 troops - almost half of the force serving in Helmand Province - would be withdrawn during 2013 with numbers to fall to approximately 5,200. The UK ceased all combat operations in Afghanistan and withdrew the last of its combat troops on October 27th, 2014. Between 2001 and July 24th, 2015, a total of 454 British military personnel have died on operations in Afghanistan.

All training from 2015 is carried out under the operation name of Toral.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Landing gear can be displayed in flight or in landed position
  • Plexiglass canopy
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with display stand

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