Actual F-35 unit cost

In 2012, Lockheed has been awarded ten contracts for LRIP Lot 5, with total value of 5,876 billion USD for 32 aircraft; thus per-unit airframe cost is 183,6 million USD. This, however, does not include the engine; engine for F-35A costs 38,4 million USD, which makes unit flyaway cost of 222 million USD for Lot…

US military proposal

Army Current state Currently, United States have 8.725 M1 Abrams MBTs. At unit cost of 8,6 million USD, this gives total expenditure of 75 billion USD for MBT force. As for APCs, there are 6.000 M113s costing 1,8 billion USD, 6.724 M2s costing 12,1 billion USD, and 4.187 Strykers costing 20,5 billion USD, for a…

Defense Budget Tutorial #3C Pork How to Get Rid of It

Defense Budget Tutorial #3C: Pork: How to Get Rid of It February 6, 2006 Winslow Wheeler / Straus Military Reform Project / Center for Defense Information Pork’s most prominent characteristics are its unknown cost and value to US national defense, and the fact that there is no effort in Congress to ensure due diligence in…

F-35s air-to-air capability or lack thereof

Air Power Australia’s predictions about F-35s reduced performance have come true: sustained turn rate specifications have been reduced. This should not have been a surprise. F-35 was never designed as an air superiority aircraft; from its conception on, it was designed as a strike aircraft and tactical bomber.   F-35s visual-range performance is rather lacking.