UK Harrier fleet sold as £115 million worth of spare parts

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  1. asianobserve

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    By: Dominic Perry London
    06:09 24 Nov 2011
    Source: Flightglobal



    The UK has sold 72 BAE Systems Harrier GR9 aircraft to the US Marine Corps for £115 million ($180 million) to use as a source of spare parts to support the USMC's fleet of Boeing AV-8B Harrier II aircraft, the Ministry of Defence said.

    The MoD claimed that when added to the savings made from retiring the Harrier fleet from service, the sale contributes to an overall saving of £1 billion.

    However, the UK had previously spent around £1 billion to upgrade the Harrier fleet in a project begun in 2005.

    Peter Luff, minister for defence equipment, support and technology, said: "Harrier served this country with great distinction, but retiring it eight years earlier than planned was the right decision. Had we taken the decision in the Strategic Defence and Security Review to decommission Tornado instead we would not have been able to carry out the missions that were required simultaneously in Libya and Afghanistan. It was essential to retire older, less capable aircraft to allow us to invest in more modern, cutting-edge fast jets.

    "As our operations over Libya proved, we have the capability to project decisive air power and can utilise our extensive basing and over-flight rights to great effect."

    The sale of equipment to the US includes spares and associated support equipment.

    Two aircraft will also be offered to museums to preserve the Royal Navy's military heritage.
     
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    indian_sukhoi Regular Member

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    Makes sense for spares, Delay of F-35s making a lot of problems!!

    US Marines can also opt for F-18s, if there were real doubts about the F-35 entering service.
     
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    asianobserve Elite Member Elite Member

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    But oh man those British Harriers were in top condition! And now they'll be cannibalised for parts... :sad:
     
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    Agreed,........Was actualy good deal for the US!!

    After converting RN sole AC into Helicopter Carrier, there wasnt any need for them anymore. Selling some Harriers for Taiwan would had been good move. The Harriers do not require runways, which are no doubt targets for China's long range missiles. And they have excellent capablility to counter attack Naval and amphibious assaults.

    Even Spain or Indian Navy dont mind to acquire few of them.
     
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    indian_sukhoi Regular Member

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    The UK plans to ultimately cut its defence spending by a whopping 10 per cent over the next decade with 1 Bliion pounds already saved by this.
     
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    Does anybody needs MiG-21 spares? :shocked::shocked::shocked:
     
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    my grandfather who was a freedom fighter like many of our's grandfathers would have rejoiced, if alive by seeing the condition of oppressors.
     
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    Civilizations rise and fall, Nothing permanent!!!
     
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    US can put them to use, because they have a Military Industrial complex to support them. Indians nor anyone else cannot use them simply because they will just run out of spares.
     
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    Sell your entire joint force fleet for 115 million... brilliant. That won't even buy one F-35. :laugh:
     
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    Maybe there are undeclared considerations? I don't think the MOD would be so dumb to just give away their state of the art fighters.
     

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