posted on Jul, 19 2005 @ 05:48 AM
FredT, American Mad Man, and Astronomer68....
I can certainly understand that some may be taken back by the "price tag" of the Raptor at this current stage or block series, but lets put this in
simple and realistic terms here for a moment, k? Bear with me.
The cost for the latest upgraded versions of the F-15 is roughly/approxly. 47-60 million per unit.
We all know that a mock F-22 recently went up against 4-5 F-15s and defeated them in less than five minutes, without being seen/detected. I
will try to locate the article later when I get on a faster computer, but given what I just mentioned, lets take simply just the procurement of 4
F-15s versus the procurement of one F-22:
4 F-15s at 50 million per unit = 200 million for the bunch.
1 F-22 at 185 million per unit.
Lockheeds recent reduction in cost = 130 million per unit.
5 F-15s at 50 million per unit = 250 million for the bunch.
1 F-22 at 185 million per unit
Lockheeds recent reduction in costs = 130 million per unit.
How much more cost effective does this need to be spelled out for you guys?
The F-22 is well worth every dime spent to procure them.
[edit on 19-7-2005 by Seekerof]