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Old 01-03-2013, 02:17 PM   #1
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DoD Buying 22 -- V-22s for 1.2 Billion

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I was reading in USA Today that Dod was buying 22 - V-22s for $1.3 Billion ... that is over $50 Million a copy ...

The breakdown was 17 - MV-22s for USMC ... and 5 for USAF Special Ops.

Maybe I am too old school on this ...but I am not a believer in the V-22 yet ... i.e ... costs, ability to take small arms fire and it's durability.
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:47 PM   #2
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I know the V22 has been in theatre, but I have not read anything on how well it's performed. I remember reading they were keeping it in really "safe" situations, but I have no clue. I think it's a sweet idea to have a troop carrier that can fly as fast as a turbo prop and be able to hover and land anywhere. But the back story is pretty shady with the whole ordering crews to falsify records. $50mil for a new aircraft in todays world is not a bad deal. I thought the USAF was going with the UH47 for spec ops?
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Below are the reported financials of the V22 program.

Not sure how well it performs but, the program cost was estimated to be a little over $36,000,000,000. The original planed purchase quantity was 408 units or $88,000,000 each. Current units sold is 160 or a cost of $225,000,000 each. List price is a little over $69,000,000 (doesn't really add up well for Bell/Boeing). So, excluding possible performance issues $59,000,000 each sounds like a deal.

It's not uncommon for Boeing to have $200,000,000 unit cost on the commercial side of the business.
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