Therefore, at the beginning of 1980, the US Department of Defense was forced to decide - whether to continue the AV-8B aircraft or completely stop the development. By this time, the design has been spent 267 million dollars, and was required to complete nearly 700 million nearly a year to solve this question, and all-in after the end of February 1981 was the final decision -. 'Harrier' II of be! Immediately talks began between the United States and Great Britain, which expressed a desire to buy 60 AV-8B aircraft for its air force. The US Marine Corps had planned to buy 336 aircraft. In August 1981, the negotiations resulted in the signing of the contract, which were distributed responsibilities. It was decided to organize two assembly lines: one at the factory of the company McDonnell Douglas in g.Sent Louis, and the other - in the factory of the company British Aerospace in g.Dansfold.