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Harrier: The Versatile Military Jet
Fighter planes are the most dangerous and destructive tool of every world power. However, the Harrier, a British military jet is capable of Vertical / Short Takeoff and Landing (V/STOL). Its biggest drawback is that it is not a supersonic aircraft.

DANGER, DISASTER AND DEATH – these are the three D’s which explain the exact meaning of the word ’War’. From the beginning, earth has been subjected to many disasters like earthquake, volcano, typhoon, flood and much more. These are natural calamities which human beings cannot control. But man-made calamities like ’war’ demolish or disturb everyone and everything in the affected areas.

During World War-I and II every country spent its money on production of arms and ammunition. Nuclear energy helps man in all important activities but war is a controversial activity. During the Second World War, America used this energy as a weapon against Japan. As a result, two cities of Japan, viz., Hiroshima and Nagasaki vanished from the world map. Thus, nuclear energy destroyed a whole Japanese generation at the time. After that unwise decision on the part of America, the whole world rose against them. But still, most of the countries in the world are giving importance to arms and ammunition. Every second, countries like USA, Britain, Russia and Germany are inventing advanced weapons.

Now, let’s discuss the resource position of these countries. Britain is amongst the top powers in the world now. Like USA, Britain also likes to play with its war resources. It never hesitates to spend money on war toys. It is spending hugely on weapons, fighter planes, missiles and what not.     

Fighter planes are the most dangerous and destructive tool of every world power.  Fighter jets of every kind are invented for marketing in the developing countries of the world. However, the Harrier is a British military jet capable of Vertical / Short Takeoff and Landing (V/STOL).  It was introduced in the early 60’s by Hawker Siddeley, Aerospace and Boeing / BAE Systems. Basically, it is the only cent per cent successful design of this type from the many that emerged in the 60’s. This aircraft is one of the most versatile aircraft ever made. The Harrier is capable of both forward flight and VTOL and STOL manoeuvres. Great aptitude and extensive training are needed for Harrier pilots. But, in the introductory stage, Harrier pilots faced problems during landing and takeoff.   The procedure for Vertical Takeoff (VTO) involves parking the aircraft facing the wind. The aircraft is brought to a halt, throttled to idle and wheels locked. Not just in the books, this mammoth also performs fluently in the war field. The Harrier’s biggest drawback is that it is not a supersonic aircraft. But still Harrier is popular.



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