The UK Defense Ministry and BAE Systems have signed a £574 million ($834.5 million) deal covering support of the Harrier GR9 until its currently planned out of service date of 2018.
The Harrier Platform Availability Contract (HPAC) means BAE will take on responsibility for depth maintenance of the aircraft, with the work carried out together with the air force and navy at RAF Cottesmore.
BAE’s existing Joint Upgrade and Maintenance Program for the Harrier at Cottesmore will be included within the overall HPAC. The support package is intended to provide increased availability, at reduced costs.
The GR9 remains deployed on combat operations in Afghanistan, though the Tornado GR4 is due to take up this deployment. Originally due to go in April, the GR4 is now expected to be deployed to Kandahar later this year.
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