The Harrier-air to air – Part Two

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In part one the set up was fairly simple.

  • Head On.
  • 16000ft.
  • 500 knots.
  • All aspect IR missiles
  • Mirage 2000 v Harrier.

In part two all of the above except guns only. Now I have to really work hard to have any chance of getting behind the Mirage.

In the left MFD I select the guns. This changes heads up display symbology. I then select Master Arm On (bottom left)

 

This is called a RIGHT – RIGHT head on pass. Extremely close.

 

In the first turn I loose the bandit in the sun. Not a great start. Only seconds have passed since the merge.

 

Looking back the bandit is now clearly in my deep 6 o’clock. I am in deep Sh#!

 

The bandit lets rip and blows my right wing off. I am at low level.

 

Eject! Eject! Eject!

 

I make it with just seconds to spare. The Mirage fly’s off into the sunset.

 

This all happened within a few minutes. On this occasion I think I can safely say “I got my ass handed to me”

The Harrier-air to air – Part One

Written by Phil on . Posted in DCS Harrier, Latest

The Harrier During the Falklands War scored 20 kills with 0 loses in the air to air roll. However 2 were lost from ground fire, 30mm AA and a Roland missile. 2 were also lost to accidents.
The skill and bravery of the Argentinian pilots were without question. They were highly trained and highly motivated.

I know DCS Harrier is a different version to those that fought down in the cold, south Atlantic but ever since reading Sandy Woodward’s 100 days I have always been interested in having a go at some dog-fighting in a Harrier cockpit with the AIM 9 Sidewinder against supersonic jets and seeing what happens. Not a scientific approach I know but a lot of fun none the less.

Part 1 is a set up using just the Sidewinder. In Part 2 it’s guns only both have very different outcomes.

I set up against a Mirage 2000. Fast and manoeuvre this is going to be a formidable foe.

Head on from about 2 miles I get the growling tone from the sidewinder followed by the familiar screech.

 

FOX 2 !

 

All aspect sidewinders were certainly not available for the pilots flying Jump Jets during the Falklands War. This is all to easy.

 

Boom! End Game!

 

OK, so all aspect is just to easy. In part 2 it’s guns only followed up by rear aspect only missiles.