America’s Most Expensive Weapons Systems

With costs like these, defense cuts will be no easy task

   

America’s Most Expensive Weapons Systems

f 22 raptor 630 150x150 America's Most Expensive Weapons SystemsThe Obama administration kicked off the New Year by announcing its plans to “reshape” the U.S. military. And by “reshape,” the president means to make hundreds of billions of dollars worth of cuts over the next decade.

In a Pentagon press briefing room on Jan. 5, President Obama announced the new Pentagon strategy, remarking:

“So, yes, our military will be leaner, but the world must know the United States is going to maintain our military superiority with armed forces that are agile, flexible and ready for the full range of contingencies and threats.”

As we await the specific details of the proposed cuts — the president’s budget is expected to be presented to Congress in the coming weeks — we highlight five from 24/7 Wall St.’s 10 Most Expensive Weapons list.  After a peek at these mind-blowing numbers, you’ll know one thing for sure: From fighter jets to nuclear submarines, America’s military might doesn’t come cheap.

The Most Expensive Weapons Systems

1. Joint Strike Fighter
Type: multi-role fighter jet
Total Cost: $326.5 billion
R&D: $58.4 billion
Procurement Cost: $267.6 billion
Total Units: 2,457
Price per Unit: $109.5 million

2. DDG 51 Destroyer
Type: destroyer
Total Cost: $101.8 billion
R&D: $5.1
Procurement Cost: $96.6 billion
Total Units: 75
Price per Unit: $1,299.3 million

3. Virginia Class Submarine
Type: nuclear submarine
Total Cost: $83.7 billion
R&D: $7.2 billion
Procurement Cost: $76.6 billion
Total Units: 30
Price per Unit: $2,552.6 million

4. F-22 Raptor
Type: stealth fighter jet
Total Cost: $79.2 billion
R&D: $40.5 billion
Procurement Cost: $37.9 billion
Total Units: 188
Price per Unit: $211.6 million

5. F/A-18E/F Super Hornets
Type: fighter jet
Total Cost: $57.8 billion
R&D: $7.3 billion
Procurement Cost: $50.5 billion
Total Units: 556
Price per Unit: $90.8 million

For more details on these weapons, the methodology behind the rankings and to see the full list, check out 24/7 Wall St.

 

 


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