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U.S. military pays contractor to shred old fighters
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07:44, July 04, 2007

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The Pentagon is paying a contractor at least 900,000 U.S. dollars to shred old F-14 fighters to avoid having them "fall into the wrong hands," CBS News reported on Tuesday.

"There were things getting to the bad guys, so to speak," Tim Shocklee, executive vice president of TRI-Rinse, the contractor, was quoted as saying.

"And one of the ways to make sure that no one will ever use an F-14 again is to cut them into little 2-by-2-foot bits," he said.

Iran is said to be the primary target of the Pentagon's move, for it is the only country trying to keep F-14s airworthy -- jets they bought in the 1970s when it was an ally.

The shredding of F-14s is part of a contract TRI-Rinse won to render surplus equipment useless for military purposes.

The 38-million-dollar jets are each destroyed in a single day and at least 23 of them have been demolished.

Source: Xinhua



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