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originally posted by: AndyFromMichigan
I've been following the civil war in Syria since the beginning. Twice in the last few days, Israel has used Patriot missiles to shoot down drones that wandered across the border into the Golan Heights.
That got me thinking about the economics of that. I'm reminded of something a general said back in 1991 during the First Gulf War. It was something like, "I'm not going to shoot a million-dollar missile at a tent and hit a camel in the ass."
A quick Google search indicates that a Patriot missile costs about $3 million. Those drones that got shot down probably cost a few hundred bucks. Let's say a thousand dollars as a generous estimate. That's a cost ratio of 1000:1, assuming that only one Patriot missile was fired. (It's possible several might be fired at a given target).
I don't know where I'm going with this, except that it seems like a rather ridiculously expensive way to defend against drones.
originally posted by: Blaine91555
I don't know, but it seems to me that military drones are not cheap at all. I just looked at a small one like the police use that's $25,000+. Then you have the costs on the ground.