Taken on Jan. 17 by Giovanni Maduli, the following picture shows an Italian Navy AV-8B+ Harrier taking off from Decimomannu airbase in a heavy configuration including 4 x 300 gallons fuel tanks, used for long range ferry flights.
According to the U.S. Navy’s Standard Aircraft Characteristic document , in such configuration, the AV-8B (slightly different from the AV-8B+ that features a 17 inch lengthened nose to accomodate the AN/APG-65 radar) has a range exceeding 2,100 NM.
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2,100 seems a TAD too far
I think you meant to say 4 X 300 gallon tanks. Those tanks look far bigger than being able to hold only 130 kg!!!
The ferry range for that configuration is given in page 7 of the document you posted as 2,135 NM.
Sure, thank you. Obviously mistyped as the doc too gives the range with 4 x 300 US gallons tanks. Fixed now.