posted on Nov, 13 2014 @ 06:59 PM
a reply to: peck420
So you're going to build an entire airfield, to house what, 2-4 aircraft? Even if you're only going to have 4 aircraft up there, that's at least
two hangars, so closer to $70M. It doesn't matter how many aircraft Beaufort holds. I clearly said, ONE hangar there was contracted at $34.4M.
That's in an area with infrastructure already built, low transportation costs, etc.
You're going to go way over $625M for construction when you add in transportation. Truck drivers alone are going to run several hundred million,
construction crews another few hundred, flight costs for moving everything in up there, $3-400M.
Even if we seriously lowball it, it's 3/4ths the cost of two Mistral class ships, for an airfield that isn't usable at least half the year. A
Mistral gives you an airfield that moves, is usable the entire year, and gives you more flexibility for other missions than a specially built
airfield, to house almost no aircraft.
As for air refueling, you don't need it, as the deck length of the Mistral is long enough that you can launch an F-35B at a little under MTOW. It
requires 770 feet on a flat deck carrier to take off at MTOW. A Mistral deck is 653 feet long, with a ski-jump deck that will allow for more weight
on take off.