Sticker Shock: The Cost of US Military Aircraft

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    These numbers are staggering. They represent the cost per unit (PCU) of each aircraft type. The PCU combines R&D plus production costs. It is great to have by far the best air superiority fighter in the world in the F22, but at $355 million per copy?! Moreover, at these prices we can only afford 184 units. And what's with 28 "Marine One" Presidential helicopters at an astounding $220 million each?

    Below, see the PCU cost per aircraft followed by the number we intend to purchase. Some of these aircraft types are currently being purchased (e.g., the F22) and some are still in the R&D phase (e.g., the F35). Who wants to bet that actual F35s will be delivered at "only" $122 million each?

     
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    And I've got parts on damn near every one of those babies. Here's to job security!
     
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    Much like the cost of American cruise missiles, when similar models with only slightly less accuracy can be had for $10,000 or less. Hell, that's why Iran can afford to have tens of thousands of them aimed at us in the Gulf.
     
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    But there is this to consider:
     

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