shark bait wrote:Don't make the classic mistake of dividing the American manufacturer contract by the unit number to get a price. That is never the price it actually costs the Americans, and is definitely not the price it will cost the Brits.
The government to government price to the U.K. before integration is a little over double the price you worked out. I've been told that price is closer to $700k.
Fair point, but "overall cost" tends to include multi-year maintenance contracts etc. My impression was that the £250k figure was the headline "sticker price", rather than the more usual "acquisition plus 10 years maintenance price" that we tend to get quoted.
Ron5 wrote:The UK are going to get the vehicles at exactly the same price as the US army.
Indeed - the whole point of the exercise - someone seems to have finally figured out that there are times when it's a far better idea to piggy-back on another someone else's economies of scale.
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