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A trillion-dollar flyer

December 09, 2012

The F-35 Joint Strike fighter fleet will cost $1.5 trillion. It’s crucial, says the Pentagon, for the future.

The F-35 Joint Strike fighter fleet will cost $1.5 trillion to build, operate and maintain. That’s equal to the combined cost of the 15 next most expensive weapons systems in development, which include the new Virginia-class submarine, the Littoral special-mission combat ship, and the Poseidon sub-fighting aircraft.  The F-35 costs $133 million per copy, enough to buy four of the most advanced unmanned drone aircraft, the Reaper.

Zip through today’s slide show for more details, find out more about defense spending in “What Do Others Say?”, and join today’s discussion below. How do you want the Pentagon to deploy its dollars?