Tuesday, March 14, 2017

US Marines' New Chopper to Be More Expensive Than F-35?

The US marines new King Stallion CH-53K carries a current unit sticker-price of $95 million. The Pentagon’s 10th bulk order of F-35s brought those jets into service for about $94.6 million each.

Both vehicles share at least one other characteristic, aside from their absurdly high cost and regular poor performance, as they are both manufactured by Lockheed Martin or subsidiary Sikorsky, which Lockheed acquired in 2015.
The Marine Corps told the representative that helicopter costs are projected to balloon a whopping 22 percent, to about $122 million each.

Plans entail buying 200 units so that cost growth multiplied 200 times is approximately $5.4 billion in new costs.