18 October 2007

F-35A Cost

The first Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to be ordered by the Netherlands, an F-35A to be used in the Operational Test & Evaluation (OT&E) program for the type, will cost approximately $142 million[.]

From here.

Sounds to me like the Dutch had the good sense to have their contract denominated in Euros. The original projected cost for the F-35A was something on the order of $30 million per unit, and would have been under $40 million even with inflation and modest cost overruns.

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