Saturday, March 11, 2017

JESUS! The CH-53K is now more expensive than the F-35A!

via Inside Defense (behind a paywall)
The Marine Corps CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter program's cost has increased by 22 percent over the baseline estimate and the price is higher than the Air Force F-35 variant, according to House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee Ranking Member Niki Tsongas (D-MA). Tsongas said during a March 10 hearing the 22 percent cost growth equates to $122 million per copy. The F-35A conventional-takeoff-and-landing jet costs the taxpayer $94.6 million per copy in the Lot 10 buy. 
The Marine Corps cancelled the EFV because of its high cost.  Slow walked the ACV because they prioritized aviation over the ground component.


Now we see costs for a freaking helicopter exploding to over 100 million dollars per!  I'd rant but I'm frankly too shocked for words.  I thought the CH-53K would be the one aviation program that delivered on time and at a reasonable price.  I was wrong.

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