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Harrier cuts “harm national interest”

Five senior military figures have severely criticised the decision to scrap the Harrier.


Key - Gary Parsons

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.

Filed Under Military Aviation News.


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Union Jack said on the 11-Oct-2010 at 19:54

So this government still refuses to heed the advice given by those who know best, the personel who have used the Harrier in it's many versions in war and peace, the voices of experts who really know this aircraft and what it can do. With such a government, with it's "Bone headed" attitude of "we are right, we are right you are all wrong" it is going to be highly unlikely that the descision will be changed. I wish the "powers that be" just for once remove their fingers from their ears and listen to some very sound advice. who knows one day this government may rue the day that it did not listen. FLY NAVY!

mike yates said on the 11-Dec-2010 at 21:36

Still don`t understand why we can`t lose 30 or 40 Tornados and keep 30 or 40 Harriers on the Ark Royal for a few more years. Best of both worlds, saves cash, and probably save lives in the Falklands

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