The US' most expensive aircraft: Top Ten

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  1. longriver

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    1 F/A-18 Hornet
    USD: 94,000,000
    The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet is an all-weather carrier-capable multirole fighter jet, designed to attack both ground and aerial targets. The F/A-18 was derived from the YF-17 in the 1970s for use by the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The Hornet is also used by the air forces of several other nations. It has been the aerial demonstration aircraft for the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, since 1986.





    2 EA-18G Growler
    USD: 102,000,000
    The Boeing EA-18G Growler is an American carrier-based electronic warfare plane, a specialized version of the two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet. It began production in 2007 and is slated for fleet deployment in 2009. The EA-18G will replace the US Navy's EA-6B Prowler.





    3. V-22 Osprey
    USD: 118,000,000

    The Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey is a multi-mission, military, tiltrotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. It is designed to perform missions like a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft. The V-22 was developed and is manufactured jointly by Bell Helicopter, and Boeing Rotorcraft Systems. It is operated by the United States Marine Corps and Air Force





    4. F-35 Lightening II
    USD: 122,000,000

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation, single-seat, single-engine, stealth-capable multirole fighter, that can perform close air support, tactical bombing, and air defense missions. The F-35 has three different models; one is the conventional takeoff and landing variant, the second is short takeoff and vertical-landing variant, and the third is a carrier-based variant..





    5 E-2D Advanced hawkeye
    USD: 232,000,000

    The latest version of the E-2, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, is currently under development and the first two aircraft, "Delta One" and "Delta Two" are in flight testing. The E-2D features an entirely new avionics suite, including the new APY-9 radar, radio suite, mission computer, integrated satellite communications capability, flight management system, improved engines, a new "glass" cockpit and the ability to refuel in-flight. The APY-9 features an Active Electronically Scanned Array (electronically steered) radar in its rotodome. The E-2D will include provisions for either pilot to act as a Tactical 4th Operator, and have access to the full range of mission functions available to the CIC crew. The E-2D's first flight occurred on 3 August 2007. The E-2D will undergo Initial Operational Test and Evaluation in 2011





    6 VH-71 Kestrel
    USD: 241,000,000

    The VH-71 Kestrel is a variant of the AgustaWestland AW101 (formerly EH101), that was being developed to replace the United States Marine Corps' Marine One Presidential transport fleet. It was being produced by the Lockheed Martin-led "US101 Team" of Lockheed Martin Systems Integration - Owego, AgustaWestland and Bell Helicopter.





    7. P-8 Poseidon
    USD: 290,000,000

    The Boeing P-8 Poseidon (formerly the Multimission Maritime Aircraft or MMA) is a military aircraft currently being developed for the United States Navy. It is intended to conduct anti-submarine warfare, shipping interdiction, and to engage in an electronic intelligence (ELINT) role. This will involve carrying torpedoes, depth charges, Harpoon anti-shipping missiles, and other weapons. It will also be able to drop and monitor sonobuoys. It is designed to operate in conjunction with the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle. The P-8 is to be developed by Boeing's Integrated Defense Systems division from the 737-800.





    8 C-17 Globemaster III
    USD: 328,000,000

    The Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) C-17 Globemaster III is a large military transport aircraft. The C-17 was developed for the United States Air Force from the 1980s to the early 1990s by McDonnell Douglas. The aircraft carries on the name of two previous United States military cargo aircraft, the C-74 Globemaster and the C-124 Globemaster II. The C-17 is used for rapid strategic airlift of troops and cargo to main operating bases or forward operating bases throughout the world. It has the ability to rapidly deploy a combat unit to a potential battle area and sustain it with on-going supplies. The C-17 is also capable of performing tactical airlift, medical evacuation and airdrop missions.





    9. F-22 Rapter
    USD: 350,000,000

    The Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation fighter aircraft that uses stealth technology. It was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities that include ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is the prime contractor and is responsible for the majority of the airframe, weapon systems and final assembly of the F-22. Program partner Boeing Integrated Defense Systems provides the wings, aft fuselage, avionics integration, and all of the pilot and maintenance training systems.





    10. B-2 Spirit
    USD: 2,400,000,000

    The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit (also known as the Stealth Bomber) is an American heavy bomber with "low observable" stealth technology designed to penetrate dense anti-aircraft defenses and deploy both conventional and nuclear weapons. Because of its considerable capital and operations costs, the project was controversial in Congress and among Pentagon brass. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Congress slashed initial plans to purchase 132 bombers to just 21.
     
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  3. ptldM3

    ptldM3 Regular Member

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    I could be wrong but the F-22 is 142 million and the F-18 Super Hornet is 54 million.

    Moreover, according to Weki the Osprey and the F-35 is 68 million and 83 million respectively. I assume the other aircraft are not correctly priced either. However, Weki isn't always correct.
     
  4. Vladimir79

    Vladimir79 Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    No wiki isn't correct. The cost of military procurement over the last decade has skyrocketed and continues.
     
  5. longriver

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    I translated the information from a Chinese military forum and it is recently released. So the price might be correct:viannen_10:
     
  6. Vladimir79

    Vladimir79 Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    Your prices look about right --- wiki's do not.
     
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    The F-18, EA-18G and F-22 prices are listed according to the program costs. The actual unit cost is far lower.
     
  8. Vladimir79

    Vladimir79 Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    The title of the thread is Hot!! The US' most expensive aircraft: Top Ten, so that is what they end up paying for the planes.
     
  9. bengalraider

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    Shouldn't this be in the american military folder?
     

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