What replaced the Harrier jump jet?
Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II
In March 2011, the decision to retire the Harrier was controversial as there was no immediate fixed-wing replacement in its role or fixed-wing carrier-capable aircraft left in service at the time; in the long term, the Harrier II was replaced by the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II.
Why was the Harrier jump jet discontinued?
The Harriers made their final flight last December. The Ministry of Defence said cuts predating the SDSR meant the Harrier force was too small to carry out operations in Afghanistan whilst maintaining a contingent capability for operations such as Libya.
Are there any Harrier jump jets still flying?
The Marine Corps currently retains 126 AV-8B and TAV-8B aircraft, with only 80 Harrier aircraft in active service as of 2018.
How much does a Harrier jump jet cost?
The USN estimated the cost for remanufacture of each aircraft to be US$23–30 million, instead of $30 million for each new-built aircraft, while the GAO estimated the cost per new aircraft at $24 million.
Do the US Marines still use Harriers?
AV-8B Harrier II attack aircraft will stay operational with US Marine Corps until 2029. The AV-8B Harrier II vertical or short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) attack aircraft will continue to be used by the U.S. Marine Corps until 2029 despite the arrival of the F-35B.
Can you buy a Harrier jet?
Nalls says he’s the only civilian in the world to privately own and fly a Harrier. Art Nalls flies his rare 1979 Sea Harrier. Since he restored it, Nalls has flown it at air shows across the country. He’s got a history with these planes.
How much is a decommissioned Harrier?
A used Sea Harrier Jump Jet costs just $1.5 million dollars, which is pretty damn reasonable, considering an F-35 runs about $120 million dollars, if you get the cheap one.