THE five Scout helicopters of the 660 Squadron of the Army Air Corps have been bought by a British dealer for US$100,000 (HK$773,000). The deal was clinched yesterday after Paul Southerington of Witham (Specialist Vehicles) flew to the territory from his company's base in Lincolnshire. About half the money will go to the military and half to the Hong Kong Government. The five single-engined helicopters, which have served the squadron for up to 30 years, will be shipped back to the UK before March in open-topped containers. The deal is small by Mr Southerington's standards. He has recently bought 500 jeeps from Holland and 50 Chieftain tanks formerly used by British forces in Germany. ''I will try to find a buyer but if the worst comes to the worst I will probably keep one myself,'' said Mr Southerington, a qualified pilot. He said two of the Scouts might be used as spares to maintain three in working order. But a deal is also being discussed about three Scout hulks currently being stored which could also be used for spare parts. Mr Southerington was a guest at the final fly-past of the Scouts yesterday - virtually the last time they will fly in the territory before the 660 Squadron stops flying at the end of the month. It will disband in March. The 62-strong unit is the first of the British Garrison to disband in the run-up to 1997.