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Lifetime Cost to Run F-35 fighter: About $1 Trillion
Yahoo News via Reuters ^ | February 26, 2012 | Andrea Shalal-Esa

Posted on 02/26/2012 2:31:38 PM PST by lbryce

The Pentagon estimates that it will still cost about $1 trillion to operate a fleet of 2,443 F-35 fighter jets over the next 50 years, but is continuing to analyze how to drive that staggering sum down, a top U.S. Marine Corps official told Reuters.

Lieutenant General Terry Robling, deputy Marine Corps commandant for aviation, said top defense officials agreed last week to continue low-rate production of the new radar-evading warplane built by Lockheed Martin Corp, while keeping a close eye on the cost of maintaining and operating the new jets.

"Everybody was on board with ... the program," Robling told Reuters aboard a military aircraft on Saturday after a ceremony involving three F-35B jets at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. "We understand the costs are high. We understand that we need to do something, we need to make decisions down the road."

Robling said the cost estimate would likely decline in coming years as more jets were built and flown, reducing the reliance on comparison data from other aircraft programs.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: defense; f35; military
The cost of defending the nation is high, the cost of losing the nation is unquantifiable.
1 posted on 02/26/2012 2:31:40 PM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce

The Pentagon will only get half that number of planes. What counts is the amount of orders they get overseas. many countries are already slashing their orders.


2 posted on 02/26/2012 2:34:20 PM PST by U-238
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To: lbryce

2443 planes, the cost would be 2 trillion not on. Probably more than that.


3 posted on 02/26/2012 2:35:13 PM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: lbryce

The only number of countries fufilling their orders are four by my count:

1.Japan
2.Israel
3.Turkey
4.Britain-that is a maybe

The acquisition cost of F-35s for the international partners is bound to be affected by the slowdown in U.S. production


4 posted on 02/26/2012 2:40:27 PM PST by U-238
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To: lbryce

2,443??

Somehow I doubt we get close to that number


5 posted on 02/26/2012 2:55:00 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: U-238
The Pentagon estimates that it will still cost about $1 trillion to operate a fleet of 2,443 F-35 fighter jets over the next 50 years Big deal. How much have we spent operating Buffs for the same period. Media putting on a drama show if you ask me. TC
6 posted on 02/26/2012 2:55:00 PM PST by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: U-238

I remember reading about the Pentagon cutting an order for aircraft in half... the price remained the same.

Wow, what savings. They should have just bought the planes.


7 posted on 02/26/2012 2:56:29 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Pentagon Leatherneck

I think you are right, but everything rests on the overseas orders.


8 posted on 02/26/2012 2:56:42 PM PST by U-238
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To: lbryce

No worries. A trillion dollars isn’t nearly what it was three years ago.


9 posted on 02/26/2012 2:59:45 PM PST by crosshairs (Maranatha!)
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To: lbryce

A Trillion dollars over 50 years?

That’s the cost of operating the Parasite-Industrial Complex for six months.


10 posted on 02/26/2012 3:02:12 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: GeronL

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-02-21/pentagon-s-525-billion-budget-takes-most-from-lockheed-f-35.html


11 posted on 02/26/2012 3:04:50 PM PST by U-238
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To: lbryce
$1 Trillion to operate over 50 years seems like a bargain. It secures our freedom and liberty.

$1 Trillion ANNUAL deficits by O'Bastard gets us what exactly? More sloth, welfare, food stamps, dependency and loss of our freedoms and liberties.

I know which one I choose.

12 posted on 02/26/2012 3:05:24 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: lbryce

Let’s add up the cost of not having air superiority during the next US involved conflict.


13 posted on 02/26/2012 3:07:58 PM PST by Ben Mugged ("Life's tough..... It's even tougher if you're stupid." John Wayne)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Neither, unless you want to be owned 100% by china.


14 posted on 02/26/2012 3:09:15 PM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
lbryce,

I totally agree.

If these planes were made by a so-called “green” manufacturer, it wouldn't even be an issue.

(Except everyone would be laid off, nothing would get produced, the principals would have full bank accounts, and they could contribute to Ubama’s PAC’s!)

Oldplayer

15 posted on 02/26/2012 3:10:06 PM PST by oldplayer
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To: Pentagon Leatherneck

Agreed. Any computation over 50 years is so pointless, only to enrage the zombies as to the big number cost.


16 posted on 02/26/2012 3:19:04 PM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: lbryce

Which works out to about 8 millin per year per aircraft; that doesn’t really seem to be staggeringly overpriced to me.


17 posted on 02/26/2012 4:26:00 PM PST by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: lbryce

I’m all for defending the nation. One son has already served, and the other is serving at this time. So, the wife and I are also all for having the best equipment in our defense.

50 yrs? I have to wonder how long before shoulder fired lasers would be able to reshape the whole air superiorty picture, or even tracking systems that can take out high altitude smart bombs enroute to the ground, with laser. Things have changed immensely in just the last few years.


18 posted on 02/26/2012 5:11:57 PM PST by Zuriel (Acts 2:38,39....nearly 2,000 years and still working today!)
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To: lbryce
Law Number XVI: In the year 2054, the entire defense budget will purchase just one aircraft. This aircraft will have to be shared by the Air Force and Navy 3-1/2 days each per week except for leap year, when it will be made available to the Marines for the extra day.


19 posted on 02/26/2012 5:21:10 PM PST by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific)
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To: lbryce
The Pentagon estimates that it will still cost about $1 trillion to operate a fleet of 2,443 F-35 fighter jets over the next 50 years

It would have been better to spend that same money on half the number of F-22s.

20 posted on 02/26/2012 5:25:48 PM PST by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: Zuriel
50 yrs? I have to wonder how long before shoulder fired lasers would be able to reshape the whole air superiorty picture

Then again, there is the B-52.

21 posted on 02/26/2012 5:31:49 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: U-238
The Pentagon will only get half that number of planes.

Based on what, another one of your inept SWAGs?

22 posted on 02/26/2012 9:04:11 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Its a shame you did not read the links I sent you.


23 posted on 02/26/2012 10:23:56 PM PST by U-238
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Read Post number 11 if you can find it.


24 posted on 02/26/2012 10:25:03 PM PST by U-238
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I do want to hold your hand like usual


25 posted on 02/26/2012 10:25:47 PM PST by U-238
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To: A.A. Cunningham
I do not want to hold your hand like usual

I do not want to hold your and and show you. You must have some weird obsession wioth me following me from site to site.
26 posted on 02/26/2012 10:30:06 PM PST by U-238
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