Harrier GR 7/9 Units in Combat

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Author

Michael Napier

Illustrator

Gareth Hector

Janusz Swiatlon

The Harrier GR 7/9 Units, is the 151st 96-page paperback book that is in the Combat Aircraft series of books that are available from Osprey Publications.

Harrier GR 7/9 Units in Combat by Michael Napier is a detailed account of the Harrier GR 7/9’s missions in West Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East, and Afghanistan over a 14-year period of ceaseless operations. The book provides the reader an action-packed history of the Harrier GR 7/9, and an insider’s look at the deployment of Harrier GR 7/9 up to its withdrawal from RAF service in 2010.

The Harrier GR 7/9 was at the ‘tip of the spear’ for the RAF when it came to employing weapons against well-equipped standing armies and irregular forces in the 1990s and during the first decade of the new millennium. Assigned to the Harrier GR 7/9 Force, the aircraft undertook No Fly Zone patrols over northern Iraq, supported UN forces in the Balkans and embarked in Royal Navy carriers to bolster the RAF presence ashore in the Arabian Gulf. Harrier GR 7s also flew from HMS Illustrious over Sierra Leone in 2000 and were involved in the second Gulf War during early 2003 acting as Close Air Support for Coalition forces.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Northern Iraq and Belize

Chapter 2. Bosnia

Chapter 3. Carrier Operations

Chapter 4. Kosovo

Chapter 5. Iraq

Chapter 6. Afghanistan

Appendices

Color Plate Commentary

Index

Using first-hand accounts from his extensive Service contacts, supported by both official and personal photographs and 30 artwork profiles illustrating the wide range of colors worn and ordnance employed by the ‘jump jet’, Michael Napier provides a rare insider’s look at the deployment of Harrier GR 7/9 up to its withdrawal from RAF service in 2010. Moreover, Napier also covers the numerous upgrades received by the aircraft over the years, from more powerful engines to the creation of the GR 9/9A variants in 2005. The aircraft was at the ‘tip of the spear’ for the RAF when it came to employing weapons against well-equipped standing armies and irregular forces in the 1990s and during the first decade of the new millennium.

Summary

This book is enriched with first-hand accounts from Napier’s extensive Service contacts, supported by both official and personal photographs and 30 artwork profiles illustrating the wide range of colors worn and ordnance employed by the ‘jump jet’. It also covers the numerous upgrades received by the aircraft over the years, from more powerful engines to the creation of the GR 9/9A variants in 2005.

The wargamer and boardgamer can use this book to provide detailed information about the Harrier GR 7/9’s missions, tactics, and the ordnance it employed. This can be used to create realistic scenarios and rules for wargames and boardgames.

For the Modeler the book includes 30 artwork profiles illustrating the wide range of colors worn and ordnance employed by the ‘jump jet’. This can be used as a reference for painting and detailing scale models of the Harrier GR 7/9. The detailed photographs and illustrations can also help modelers accurately recreate the aircraft’s features and markings. The artwork profiles illustrating the wide range of colors worn by the ‘jump jet’ can also be used as a reference for painting miniature models of the aircraft.

Next, for the Aircraft Enthusiast the book offers a rare insider’s look at the deployment of Harrier GR 7/9. It covers the numerous upgrades received by the aircraft over the years, from more powerful engines to the creation of the GR 9/9A variants in 2005. This detailed information would be of great interest to aircraft enthusiasts.

Finally, keeping the Historian in mind, the book chronicles the action-packed history of the Harrier GR 7/9, and its missions in West Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East, and Afghanistan over a 14-year period of ceaseless operations. This makes it a valuable resource for historians studying military aviation history. The first-hand accounts from the author’s extensive Service contacts provide a unique perspective on the events.

This book provides a rare insider’s perspective on one of the most iconic aircraft in RAF service. By referencing this book, the modeler can be sure that their scale models are carrying correct payloads by looking at the photographs presented in the book. They can also double check their paint jobs by examining the color plates that are presented in the book. Lastly, the wargamer can use the book to create scenarios based on the 6 chapters of the book. Overall, Harrier GR 7/9 Units in Combat is a compelling read for anyone interested in military aviation history.

The Harrier GR 7/9 Units is a 96-page paperback book that is 151st book in the Combat Aircraft series of books that are available from Osprey Publications.

Paperback $25.00
eBook (ePub) $20.00
eBook (PDF) $20.00

(The photographs used in this review are copied with the permission of Osprey Publications.)