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Mystery $55 billion Air Force Program Sparks Debate on Cost
Fox News ^ | March 3, 2015 | Staff

Posted on 03/03/2015 3:43:50 PM PST by lbryce

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The U.S. Air Force's secret program to develop as many as 100 next-generation bombers that can stealthily strike any target in the world has some experts calling the $550 million per plane price tag laughable.

BTW:Laughable is not merely reserved for the surreal budget this program is proposing but also applies to the Pentagon overall as well as the entire administration and its tragic mendaciously laughable historical legacy.

1 posted on 03/03/2015 3:43:50 PM PST by lbryce
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The B-2 bomber was $1bn each, and that was 25 years ago wasn’t it? So isn’t $550 million for a new bomber a good deal?


2 posted on 03/03/2015 3:47:25 PM PST by MeganC (You can ignore reality, but reality won't ignore you.)
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To: lbryce

I think war is coming. So whatever they are going to do, they’d better get on with it.


3 posted on 03/03/2015 3:47:26 PM PST by marron
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To: MeganC

The cost per unit went up because they drastically cut the number of planes ordered. Just like the F-22.


4 posted on 03/03/2015 3:50:12 PM PST by Mr. Blond
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Wasn’t it because the cost to develop each unit was much higher than originally estimated and so were forced to cut down on the number of units the budget allowed for?


5 posted on 03/03/2015 3:55:02 PM PST by lbryce (:Obama:Misbegotten, Godforsaken Bastard Offspring of Satan And Medusa.)
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To: Mr. Blond

Wasn’t it because the cost to develop each unit was much higher than originally estimated and so were forced to cut down on the number of units the budget allowed for?


6 posted on 03/03/2015 3:55:03 PM PST by lbryce (:Obama:Misbegotten, Godforsaken Bastard Offspring of Satan And Medusa.)
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Money would be better spent on Cruise missile type drone and smaller surface cruising part sub part ship to carry them, and anti-satellite satellites. The next major war will require air superiority of a different sort, something more like orbital range superiority.


7 posted on 03/03/2015 3:56:10 PM PST by Usagi_yo (You get what you can take and you keep what you can defend.)
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To: lbryce

Next: the Navy says new Battleship to cost a trillion. Film at 12.


8 posted on 03/03/2015 3:56:20 PM PST by Vermont Lt (When you are inclined to to buy storage boxes, but contractor bags instead.)
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And the we will hire a guy name Maginot to build us a wall.


9 posted on 03/03/2015 3:57:28 PM PST by Vermont Lt (When you are inclined to to buy storage boxes, but contractor bags instead.)
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To: lbryce

Laughable - I prefer the word Risible. Sounds more educated or something. You know, like erudite.


10 posted on 03/03/2015 3:57:51 PM PST by glorgau
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And it will border Canada and all emplacements fixed facing north.


11 posted on 03/03/2015 4:01:42 PM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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Money would be better spent on Cruise missile type drone

We already have deployed robo-kaze drones - many shapes, sizes and missions. Shhhhh....

12 posted on 03/03/2015 4:02:36 PM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Mr. Blond

Thank you...that makes sense.


13 posted on 03/03/2015 4:03:25 PM PST by MeganC (You can ignore reality, but reality won't ignore you.)
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14 posted on 03/03/2015 4:04:24 PM PST by RedMDer (Keep Free Republic Alive with YOUR Donations!)
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The cost to develop is the same whether they build one or a thousand.

The cost per plane is the price to build each copy plus a portion of the development cost (development cost divided by number produced).

The more they build, the cheaper they are per unit.


15 posted on 03/03/2015 4:09:05 PM PST by Fresh Wind (Falcon 105)
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Take out the political trash and build the bombers.

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16 posted on 03/03/2015 4:25:45 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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Instead of giving the 0bama handout to the illegal alien invaders, let's invest that money in some Strategic Deterrence!
17 posted on 03/03/2015 5:24:24 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Some say I hate 0bama; "HATE" is a strong word, but in this case NOT STRONG ENOUGH!!)
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Just build more Warhogs and tank busting bombs. That’s sufficient for taking out ISIS.


18 posted on 03/03/2015 5:52:03 PM PST by tbw2
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I’d rather have 50,000 super-smart drones carrying a one-pound bomb each, semi-autonomous, solar-powered, and capable of targeting and recognizing an individual person.

Better yet, 250,000 drones the size of a butterfly capable of the above and carrying a one ounce bomb, that flies into the target’s ear.


19 posted on 03/03/2015 5:55:33 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day".)
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"Hagel noted that the 20 planes in the B-2 fleet — all based at Whiteman — are operating on 25-year-old technology. The other nuclear-capable plane in the bomber fleet, the venerable B-52, is even older."

What about the B-1B?

20 posted on 03/03/2015 6:04:01 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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