The SUN said:ANGRY top brass yesterday slammed a decision to flog Harrier jump-jets to the US on the cheap as "complete madness".
Ex-Security Minister Admiral Lord West said that whoever was behind the "joke" £34million sale was "as mad as a box of frogs".
UK taxpayers forked out more than £1BILLION for the iconic jets - up to 40 of which are going to the US Marine Corps for the knock-down price.
Lord West, 63, stormed: "We're in a land of complete madness. Selling these Harriers in this way - well, what a stupid, extraordinary decision.
"It makes one feel that whoever is behind this is as mad as a box of frogs. We're in the extraordinary place where we rely more and more on the US.
"The Harrier GR9s are bang up to date, were hugely expensive, and are probably the best in the world for what they do.
"And, guess what, we're selling them for a joke price." Dozens of Harriers that could now be targeting Libyan tyrant Mad Dog Gaddafi's gangs were scrapped under defence cuts last October.
Millions had been spent upgrading the fleet - with powerful Rolls-Royce engines, new weapon installations, targeting pods and helmet-mounted displays added before the chop.
Just weeks ago The Sun pictured the jets wrapped in paper and gaffer tape in a hangar as they awaited being mothballed.
The move to flog the Harriers was also described by Admiral Sir John Woodward, commander of the Falklands Task Force, as "crass beyond belief" and a "shocking waste".
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence yesterday said: "The aircraft will be disposed of through whatever means will get best value for money for the UK taxpayer."
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