• Short Summary

    THE NEW HARRIER WEAPONS-SYSTEM JET AIRCRAFT UNDERWENT ITS FINAL DECK LANDING TRIALS ON THURSDAY (MARCH 19).

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    THE NEW HARRIER WEAPONS-SYSTEM JET AIRCRAFT UNDERWENT ITS FINAL DECK LANDING TRIALS ON THURSDAY (MARCH 19).

    THE TRIALS TOOK PLACE ON THE 50,000 TON BRITISH AIRCRAFT CARRIER H.M.S. 'EAGLE' OFF THE SOUTH WEST COAST OF ENGLAND.

    THE HARRIER, DEVELOPED BY THE HAWKER SIDDLEY COMPANY, PROVIDES NEW DIMENSIONS IN THE USES OF TACTICAL AIR POWER. IT IS A HIGHLY EFFICIENT AND COST-EFFECTIVE CLOSE SUPPORT JET FIGHTER, DESIGNED TO LEAVE THE GROUND VERTICALLY OR WITH AN ULTRA-SHORT RUN FROM AN UNPREPARED SURFACE. THE SURFACE CONDITION OF AN AIRSTRIP OR RUNWAY USED FOR VERTICAL LANDING IS IMMATERIAL -- WATER, ICE OR CRATERS MAKE NO DIFFERENCE TO SAFETY.

    THE HARRIER HAS A NUMBER OF ADVANTAGES OVER ITS CONVENTIONAL COUNTERPART: IT CAN DISPERSE FROM VULNERABLE FIXED BASES IN TIMES OF IMMINENT THREAT, PROVIDING BOTH A SURVIVAL AND A RETURN STRIKE CAPABILITY. IT CAN COMPEL IN ENEMY TO DISSIPATE A LARGE PROPORTION OF HIS AIR POWER IN SEEKING OUT AND ATTEMPTING TO NEUTRALISE THESE DISPERSED SITES. THE HARRIER CAN PROVIDE RAPID RESPONSE BY OPERATING WITH THE GROUND FORCES ON THE FORWARD EDGE OF THE BATTLE AREA (FEBA). FLIGHT TIME TO TARGET IS THEN ONLY A MATTER OF A FEW MINUTES. THE AIRCRAFT CAN BREAK GROUND IN LESS THAN ONE MINUTE FROM INITIATING THE ENGINE START SEQUENCE WHEN THE AVIONICS HAVE BEEN MAINTAINED AT READINESS.

    IT CAN ALSO OPERATE IN EXTENSIVE AREAS OF THE GLOBE PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE ONLY TO LIGHT AND MEDIUM-WEIGHT PROPELLER-DRIVEN AIRCRAFT.

    DURING THE DEVELOPMENT TRIALS THE HARRIER HAS FLOWN TO SPEEDS OF 625 KNOTS, WITH FLIGHTS EXCEEDING SEVEN HOURS IN DURATION USING AN IN-FLIGHT REFUELLING FACILITY.

    MR. JOHN MORRIS OF THE BRITISH DEFENCE MINISTRY WATCHED THE HARRIER'S FINAL LANDING TRIALS ABROAD HMS EAGLE. HE LATER INSPECTED THE AIRCRAFT.

    THE HARRIER IS NOW IN SERVICE WITH THE ROYAL AIR FORCE. OVERSEAS BUYERS ARE IMPRESSED BY THE FACT THAT IT IS THE ONLY OPERATIONAL WEAPONS SYSTEM OF ITS TYPE IN THE WORLD. THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS HAS PLACED A TWELVE MILLION POUNDS STERLING ORDER WITH HAWKER SIDDLEY FOR THE JET.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB2OX6NFN6V3Z5ZM6OVNHVY289
    Media URN:
    VLVAB2OX6NFN6V3Z5ZM6OVNHVY289
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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