Sunday, March 20, 2011

How many Tomahawks can you buy for one F-35?

"Washington intends to buy 2,443, at a price tag of $382 billion.

Add in the $650 billion that the Government Accountability Office estimates is needed to operate and maintain the aircraft, and the total cost reaches a staggering $1 trillion.

In other words, we're spending more on this plane than Australia's entire GDP ($924 billion)."

Which is one of the reasons why we see French Mirages leading the attacks on Libya. That and the fact the French and British supplied Libya with many of the weapons Gaddafi and the rebels are using. France gets most of its oil from Libya and thus is especially interested in the outcome of Operation Odyssey Dawn.

The Atlantic

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