Refurbishing older proven systems seems like a wise use of the Pentagon’s budget.
U.S. To Buy Decommissioned British Harrier Jets.
Army’s Restored Combat Choppers Fly Like NewWASHINGTON and LONDON - Britain has agreed to sell all of its 74 decommissioned Harrier jump jets, along with engines and spare parts, to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps - a move expected to help the Marines operate Harriers into the mid-2020s and provide extra planes to replace aging two-seat F-18D Hornet strike fighters...
...Without a viable replacement for the aging OH-58 Kiowa Warriors, the Army has found that gutting and rebuilding older airframes might do the trick and could cost significantly less than buying a new aircraft and building new support systems......Engineers at BAE Systems had the same idea. The company is pitching a solution to the Army’s armored multi-purpose vehicle competition that takes old Bradleys and builds them anew from the frame up. The idea is being sold as a cost-effective recapitalization of existing vehicles to serve future needs. General Dynamics Land Systems is offering its Stryker, again a vehicle already in wide use, for the same program...