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Royal Navy BAE Harrier II FA.2 Jump Jet - "Operation Deliberate Force" No.800 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, HMS Invincible (R05), Mediterranean Sea, July 1995 [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:72 Scale)
Royal Navy BAE Harrier II FA.2 Jump Jet - "Operation Deliberate Force" No.800 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, HMS Invincible (R05), Mediterranean Sea, July 1995 [Low-Vis Scheme]

Hobby Master Royal Navy BAE Harrier II FA.2 Jump Jet - "Operation Deliberate Force" No.800 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, HMS Invincible (R05), Mediterranean Sea, July 1995 [Low-Vis Scheme]




 
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Hobby Master HA4105 Royal Navy BAE Harrier II FA.2 Jump Jet - "Operation Deliberate Force" No.800 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, HMS Invincible (R05), Mediterranean Sea, July 1995 [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 Royal Navy BAE Harrier II FA.2 jump jet that participated in "Operation Deliberate Force", and attached to No.800 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, then embarked upon the iHMS Invincible (R05), deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, during July 1995. Now in stock!

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

Release Date: June 2019

Historical Account: "Operation Deliberate Force" - Operation Deliberate Force was a sustained air campaign conducted by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), in concert with the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) ground operations, to undermine the military capability of the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS), which had threatened and attacked UN-designated "safe areas" in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Bosnian War with the Srebrenica and Markale massacres, precipitating the intervention. The operation was carried out between August 30th and September 20th, 1995, involving 400 aircraft and 5,000 personnel from 15 nations. Commanded by Admiral Leighton W. Smith Jr., the campaign struck 338 Bosnian Serb targets, many of which were destroyed. Overall, 1,026 bombs were dropped during the operation, 708 of which were precision-guided.

The bombing campaign was also roughly conterminous in time with Operation Mistral 2, two linked military offensives of the Croatian Army (HV), Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ARBiH), and the Croatian Defence Council (HVO) launched in western Bosnia.

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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