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Lockheed Martin also makes an economic argument for continuing Raptor production. The F-22 unit cost in a USAF multiyear purchase is $142.6 million (average unit flyaway cost). Initial unit cost of the F-35 will be around $200 million and then start dropping as production continues. In Japan, the decision to indigenously build small numbers of F-15Js and F-2s (a larger F-16 design) drove their cost to roughly $100 million each. The Eurofighter Typhoon would likely cost even more in a small production run.
The Eurofighter Typhoon would likely cost even more in a small production run.
Originally posted by RFBurns
Think about it for a second or two. Even the SR-71 still has a few tricks up its pitot that no one knows about.