"You hear Lockheed Martin keep talking about $65m, $67m. Well guess what. That's the cost back in 2004 or 2003.
"Who cares about that. I want to know what it costs the day I buy it," he said.
Actually, if you look at U.S. Government select acquisition reports, that was never the price back then either. LM's fantasy price also assumes everyone sticks to the buy plan. That is not going to happen. Bogdan is still low because the original business plan assumed that prices don't flatten out until you reach 1500 units...assuming everything works.
I would be interested how Bogdan would explain an F-35 cost-per-flying hour that is looking to be well over twice that of an F-16. And again, all this assumes the systems work.
I am also curious how Bogdan intends to help improve the price prediction ability for the alleged biggest buyer?
“It’s about $37 million for the CTOL aircraft, which is the air force variant.”
- Colonel Dwyer Dennis, U.S. JSF Program Office, 2002-