C+P (sorry smelly sanchez) unknown source MoD offers Iraq war equipment at bargain prices Hundreds of millions of pounds worth of emergency kit purchased prior to the war in Iraq is to be sold off at knockdown prices because the Ministry of Defence cannot afford to keep it. Some of the kit may be sold back to the manufacturers at a loss, but much will be offered for sale to friendly countries and allies. Lt Gen Rob Fulton, a Royal Marine officer, and a deputy chief of the defence staff, told the Commons Defence Select Committee last week that budget restrictions meant that it would be too expensive to keep any new equipment that needed regular and costly servicing. In the months before the war in Iraq, senior officers were told to draw up a "wish list" of kit, from petrol tankers to under-slung grenade launchers, which they thought might help troops to secure victory. Nearly 200 different items were purchased at a cost of £500 million. Most of the equipment was used, but some arrived too late or was never deployed for operational reasons. In one case, quad bikes that were bought for the Royal Marines at a cost of £1.1 million, will be sold because they use petrol, rather than diesel, and the Royal Navy does not carry petrol on ships because of the fire hazard. Another £7.6 million was spent on CRV-7 air-to-ground rockets, which can be fitted to either combat jets or helicopters. The rockets were never deployed in the Gulf and will be sold off. The Ministry of Defence said that a final decision on what would be sold had yet to be made, admitted that disposals were imminent. The net loss to the taxpayer will depend on exactly how much equipment is sold off, and how much the ministry receives in payment, but it is expected to be a large portion of the initial £500 million bill. In one case, quad bikes that were bought for the Royal Marines at a cost of £1.1 million, will be sold because they use petrol, rather than diesel, and the Royal Navy does not carry petrol on ships because of the fire hazard. What the hell is going wrong here?! Why did you order petrol quad bikes then? What is wrong with you people?!