1980-09-01

AV-8B Operational Features for Rapid Deployment 801228

The Marine Corps Vertical and Short Takeoff and Landing (V/STOL) AV-8B light attack aircraft's operational features will enhance the tactical air support required by the Rapid Deployment Force (RDF). With its ability for vertical and short takeoff and vertical landing, the AV-8B gives the RDF the potential to enhance basing flexibility. In addition to its unique V/STOL characteristics the AV-8B has an unfueled ferry range of over 2000 nautical miles. It can also carry 2270 kilograms (5000 pounds) of ordnance to 500 nautical miles radius without refueling.

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