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The USA top 10 most expensive weapons per unit...

 

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#10 Joint Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle - Cost per unit: $1 million

Conceived during the darkest days of the Iraq war when U.S. vehicles were hit several times daily by land mines and other improvised explosive devices, the U.S. spent around $50 billion to produce 27,000 MRAPS to counter insurgent forces. At a cost of $1 million each, the lumbering vehicles quickly became beloved by the troops.

 

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#9 Trident II Missile - Cost per unit: $37.3 million

The most advanced ballistic missile in the U.S. Navy’s arsenal, the program’s price tag comes in at more than $53 billion.

 

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#8 F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets - Cost per unit: $65 million

The fighter jet, mainly used on aircraft carriers, is the Navy’s nearly $58 billion Swiss Army Knife, capable of carrying missiles, bombs and ground missiles. The Super Hornet per unit cost pales in comparison to the pricier F-35 and F-22, coming in at just over $65 million, with about half of that going to the airframe.

 

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#7 V-22 Osprey - Cost per unit: $70 million

The V-22 tilt-rotor program has certainly been beset by controversy throughout its 20-year development period, but it seems to have come out the other side, after spending almost $60 billion, and is flown by the Marines and U.S. special forces. The two versions of the plane, dubbed the CV and the MV, cost around $70 million each, with most of that going toward the airframe itself, with a price tag north of $60 million.

 

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#6 The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter - Cost per unit: $100 million

The poster-child for troubled Pentagon programs everywhere, the F-35, in development for almost 16 years, is several years behind schedule and has cost around $400 billion to date. Conceived in 2001, the fifth-generation aircraft and its variants are meant to replace mutiple planes across the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. An endless string of setbacks has slowed the program, but last year, the Marines declared its version ready for deployment, and the Air Force hopes to do so this year.

 

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#5 Littoral Combat Ship - Cost per unit: $362 million

Envisioned as a kind of futuristic jack of all trades, the $67 billion LCS effort is supposed to be the first U.S. combat vessel able to fight enemy battleships, fend off smaller crafts and patrol coastal waters. However, the $362 million apiece vessel has found nothing but trouble on the high seas, with recent Pentagon testing and watchdog reports concluding the ship can’t adequately fulfill its core missions and is susceptible to cyber hacking and suffers from other technical issues.

 

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#4 F-22 Raptor - Cost per unit: $412 million

The Pentagon spent nearly $67 billion to design, engineer and deploy 187 F-22s between 1997 and 2012. Twenty years ago, the department planned to buy 648 F-22s for $139 million apiece. But thanks to added modernization costs ultimately soared to $412 million, the Government Accountability Office said. Congress voted in 2009 to halt production, though the Raptor has been given a second chance, flying bombing sorties against the Islamic State and has seen training deployments to Europe.

 

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#3 Arleigh Burke destroyer - Cost per unit: $1.9 billion

Each vessel costs roughly $1.9 billion and there are currently more than 60 sailing the seas today. The Navy is supposed to procure over a dozen more of the 500-foot long ships before they are replaced by the troubled Zumwalt class of ships.

 

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#2 Virginia Class Submarine - Cost per unit: $2.7 billion

A single, nuclear-powered, Virginia-class boats currently costs about $2.7 billion to procure. The Virginia submarine is intended to replace the fleet of nearly 40 Los Angeles Class subs, long the backbone of the Navy’s underwater force. The services hopes to purchase a total of 32 Virginia-class submarines, with the last planned for purchase in fiscal year 2020. That would put the effort’s price tag at around $87 billion.

 

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#1 USS Gerald Ford carrier - Cost per unit: $12.6 billion

The first in the U.S. Navy's next generation of warships, the vessel is another example of how the Pentagon struggles with buying major weapons systems. Senate Armed Services committee chair John McCain (R-AZ) called the Ford-class carrier program “one of the most spectacular acquisition debacles in recent memory,” noting the first ship is $2.4 billion over its initial price tag. The entire effort is $6 billion over budget.

 

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20 minutes ago, Dav Harzin said:

I just placed a order for my aircraft carrier.............Yeah,   I support the 2nd amendment**

 

Do you have a lake big enough in AZ to keep that thing?  😁

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On 9/7/2019 at 3:24 PM, Let_Freedom_Ring said:

Just went by a National Guard MRAP this morning tooling around downtown.  I didn't realize how much the guys were styling.  😎

I was doing some work for a city municipality with about 28k people in it and came across this repurposed MRAP gathering dust. The city maintenance head said they have only used it once. They had a stuck motor grader that could not be pulled out with anything else, and this was big enough for the job. I asked how many qualified people were able to drive it, and he said there was only one person employed by the city that knew how to run it. 

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