The most expensive military equipment in the world
Wars, whatever you say, - the engine of technological progress. Many people on hearing the so-called "arms race" between the United States and the Soviet Union unfolded in the middle of the XX century.
However, something similar is happening in the world throughout history: ever since, when the swords of iron took over the bronze swords and warrior, riding a horse, he took up over enemy foot. It is terrible to imagine what resources humanity has spent, and will continue due to the primitive fear and paranoia. In this review, 6 military vehicles, which are the most expensive on the planet.
1. M1 Abrams
US M1 Abrams tank was created in the 80s of the last century. The car was repeatedly modernized and today is the main tank of the US Army. The cost of this - US $ 6.2 million. And it is in the base. Using a variety of "special" equipment, may increase the cost of one unit almost doubled. It is worth noting that the most modern Russian counterpart, namely the T-14 "Armata" costs almost half as much as standard. Officially declared at the time of 2016, the price was US $ 3.7 million per unit.
2. Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey
The crafty device.
Tiltrotor Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey - the only flying vehicle of this kind, which is now available commercially. Developed transport, combining the advantages of an airplane and a helicopter, was even 30 years ago, Boeing and Bell companies. Used by the US Air Force and Marine Corps. Flying machine by two motors Rolls-Royce T406. Today, most of the design of the device is made of composite materials, thereby reducing the weight of the unit to 70%. According to official figures the car is worth 72.1 million US dollars, but some would argue that the real price of the unit more than 116 million dollars per unit. For comparison, the Soviet "old man" of the Mi-8 costs only 17.5 million dollars.
3. F-35 Lightning II
Multifunctional unobtrusive fighter-bomber F-35 Lightning II relates to the fifth generation. The fighter can perform vertical takeoff and landing. It may also use short strips for take-off and landing. Is this device over US $ 100 million, according to independent experts. Official data and have not been announced. One would joke that Americans fly airplanes of gold, only the domestic analogue, namely the T-50 was developed in the framework of the Russian initiative on the PAK FA official data is not less than 100 million US dollars per unit.
4. Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye
Such is the airplane.
US carrier-based aircraft, which is used for radar detection. Created the "old man" was still in the 60s of the last century and repeatedly modernized. The cost of one such car in the base, the most modest equipment comes to the level of $ 80 million. But the only thing is that these aircraft are not used much.
The work crew.
5. Arleigh Burke DDG 51 Destroyer
The greatest destroyer.
In fact, "Arleigh Burke" - this is not a ship, but a whole family squadron of destroyers, which are on the US naval arsenal in 1988. As of spring 2010 Arleigh Burke DDG 51 Destroyer was the largest destroyer in the world among series. Its total displacement of 5000 tons. Nothing like neither the USSR nor the United States nor Russia has not subsequently created in this class of ships since the end of World War II. Given that the destroyers are being built for a sufficiently long time, hardly even in the next few years at least one of the countries will be able to beat the record set by American designers. However, we should not forget that: "The more the cabinet, so ...".
6. USS Gerald R. Ford
The largest aircraft carrier.
The largest US carrier to date. At the service of USS Gerald R. Ford will arrive later this year. The ship is a heavyweight and the most advanced to date. He named in honor of the 38th US President Gerald R. Ford. We build ships for 8 years. On the water this giant lowered in 2013. Its total displacement of 98,425 tons. Length - 337 meters. Width - 78 meters. Height - 76 meters. The movement is a two nuclear reactors! It costs the US economy a terrifying giant 12.8 billion.