LONDON Nov 24 Britain has agreed a $180
million deal to sell 72 retired Harrier aircraft to the U.S.
Marine Corps for use as spare parts, a British minister said on
"We have agreed the sale of the final 72 Harrier aircraft
frames and associated parts which will be used as a major source
of spares for the U.S. Marine Corps Harrier AV-8B fleet of
aircraft," defence equipment minister Peter Luff told
"The value of the sale is around $180 million, (equal to)
some 110 million pounds, and represents a good deal both for UK
taxpayers and the US government," he said.
The British government retired its Harrier fleet as part of
sweeping defence cuts announced last year.
"Added to the savings made from retiring the Harrier fleet
from service, this sale takes the total estimated receipts and
savings to the Ministry of Defence to around one billion
pounds," Luff said.
He said this money would allow Britain to invest in more
modern and capable aircraft, including the Joint Strike Fighter.