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UK sells 72 retired Harrier jump jets for $180m to US

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Britain is selling 72 retired Harrier jump jets to the US in a deal worth about $180m (£116m). The Harriers, which were retired last year as part of defence cuts, will be used as a source of spare parts for the US Harrier fleet. (www.bbc.co.uk) 更多...

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mrbabolat
mrbabolat 0
And you wonder why our country is in a massive debt. Useless spending
nuconrad
It says for spare parts.
HunterTS4
Toby Sharp 0
......sorry george.....got lazy and didn't read.
nuconrad
no worries....
ibock
Ian Bock 0
Marines will be happy about this. Thanks to the f-35 program sucking, we need the harrier a while longer.
canuck44
canuck44 0
Scary part is that someone had enough brains to get our hands on these birds as it will get rather pricy having to manufacture parts to keep the current fleet from becoming hanger queens. This has to be a first.
preacher1
preacher1 0
That is scary.LOL
BoeingFan59
I think it would be cool if the Harriers were updated with modern weapons. I mean think about it instead of buying these jets for $180M just for spare parts we could still try to upgrade them and put them back into service. So basically it's a win win thing if we ever did use them again.
ibock
Ian Bock 0
I've also heard many of them are fairly low time, and will likely be put in service.
canuck44
canuck44 0
You are probably right if the weapons systems are compatible. That may well be the hangup for that aspect. The British have spent a lot of money on the GR9 model but it still may not be compatible. British press are basically say we are stealing them.
linbb
linbb 0
The britts say they did this to save money in one place and in another us the money from these to buy some other planes. Oh well we may have gotten a good deal after all.
Bogush
Bogush 0
we should use these in Afghanistan and let the Afghans fly them
Bogush
Bogush 0
I wonder how many screws are missing in these jets ?
alistairm
alistairm 0
At least you did not buy 4 rust-bucket submarines from them, ha!
canuck44
canuck44 0
Twice....A Boats first then O Boats...
mpradel
as long as the Brits will accept payment in USD, it's a deal!
RickFaulk
Rick Faulk 0
why...the pound is stronger atm.
alistairm
alistairm 0
How about some Canadian Tire money? Probably worth more then the USD also, lol:P
canuck44
canuck44 0
International use of Canadian Tire money ended when the crews of HMCS Bonaventure and her escorts (Eight DDE/DDHs and two supply ships) used them to purchase the services of many hookers in Rio in 1966. After the banks opened the next day and the true value of the "currency" was determined, crowds of angry ladies and their "handlers" convened a "Canuck Go Home" rally dockside.

You probably don't believe the RCN had that many ships but here is a picture:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150643714920436&set=o.108181862535364&type=1&theater
preacher1
preacher1 0
Would you call that "Getting Screwed Royally"????????????
canuck44
canuck44 0
Royal Canadianly....unfortunately I missed the trip due to a four year sojourn at Medical School which did not accept Canadian Tire money but demanded Her Majesty pay in the real stuff.
alistairm
alistairm 0
Very funny:)
HunterTS4
Toby Sharp 0
.......why do we want these? drone targets?

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