Sea Harrier with a nuke

Mike Pryce

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A few years ago I recall seeing a picture of a Sea Harrier with a WE.177 nuclear weapon in a book. I think it was:

Keeping the Peace - The Aldermaston Story by David J Hawkings

Can anyone confirm this? I'd like to trace the pic.

As I understand it they would have used the WE.177 both for attacking ports etc. and for depth charging subs (if no helo could do it), using the IFF signal from the SHAR to locate its position, correlate with ship/helo sonar plot of the sub and then 'kaboom'!

I know there are pics in Laming's Buccanneer book showing WE.177 being dropped from a Bucc., but any other pics of it on the SHAR or any other aircraft anyone has seen?
 

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Have to wonder what sortie/scenario would require a nuke and four Sidewinders. A pretty lively situation.
I assume the Sidewinders are there for self-defence or for breaking into hostile territory and breaking out again.
 

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Have to wonder what sortie/scenario would require a nuke and four Sidewinders. A pretty lively situation.
I assume the Sidewinders are there for self-defence or for breaking into hostile territory and breaking out again.
Yes, I guess nuking people tends to rile them up.

An escort for a bomber may make more sense. The pilot of the bomber would probably be busy with switches and checking the map in case of 'oops'.
 

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Chris Gibson's book 'Nimrod's Genesis' would give a good clue as to why a Sea Harrier would be dropping a nuke. And for the Sidewinders, some submarines had a missile self defense system.
 

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You'd normally clear a set of loading configurations during testing to make sure nothing weird and nasty happened. You could imagine a situation where you'd be bombing up a SHAR with a WE177 might be somewhat time compressed and frantic, so not removing existing stores except those absolutely necessary, or bombing up a fighter at ready state might just have to happen.

Tank on one side, bomb on the other and two double sidewinder racks would seem about right.
 

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I wonder if they smoked a nuke? 1619876575953.png
 

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