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Harrier GR9 Fires Flares Over Afghanistan

A Harrier GR9 from the Naval Strike Wing releases flares whilst on operations over Afghanistan

The British Army protects the United Kingdom's interests at home and abroad, providing a safe and secure environment in which all British citizens can live and prosper

Credit: Crown Copyright

Media ID 15226978

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Afganistan Afghanistan Aircraft Campaign Equipment Flares Harrier Helmand Herrick Joint Force Harrier Operation Royal Navy Stovl Countermeasures


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In this print captured by the Ministry of Defence, we witness the sheer power and agility of a Harrier GR9 from the Naval Strike Wing as it soars through the skies over Afghanistan. The aircraft releases a mesmerizing display of flares while on a critical mission in support of Operation Herrick. As part of the Joint Force Harrier, this remarkable STOVL (Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing) aircraft showcases its cutting-edge technology and equipment. With precision and finesse, it navigates through challenging terrains to provide crucial air support to ground forces operating in Helmand province. The image encapsulates both the bravery and determination exhibited by our Royal Navy personnel deployed on this demanding campaign. It serves as a powerful reminder of their unwavering commitment to protecting our nation's interests abroad. Flares streaking across the sky not only create an awe-inspiring visual spectacle but also serve as vital countermeasures against potential threats. These defensive measures demonstrate how our armed forces employ various tactics to ensure their safety while carrying out complex operations in hostile environments. This extraordinary photograph is a testament to the skillful pilots who operate these magnificent machines, showcasing their ability to adapt swiftly amidst ever-changing circumstances. It symbolizes their dedication towards achieving peace and stability in Afghanistan, highlighting their invaluable contribution towards global security efforts.

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