Harrier cuts “harm national interest”
Five senior military figures have severely criticised the decision to scrap the Harrier.
November 10: In a letter to the Times newspaper, five retired senior military figures have severely criticised the UK Government’s decision to scrap the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy’s fleet of Harrier aircraft.
“The decision is strategically and financially perverse,” says the letter, which argues that the Tornado force should have been retired instead. It says “Argentina is practically invited to attempt to inflict on us a national humiliation on the scale of the loss of Singapore”, hinting that the Falkland Islands could not be taken back after any invasion with the retirement of HMS Ark Royal and its fixed-wing fleet of aircraft.
The letter says the decision should be reversed “before it is too late”, but with Harrier operations due to cease on December 16 it is highly unlikely that any reprieve will be forthcoming.
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