Top 10 Most Expensive Military Airplanes in the World
As the military technology advances, these most expensive military aircraft in the world were created. For the need of more powerful means of defense, flying military technology is/was developed. Even creating a highly cost military equipment is not debatable by some people as it’s wasting government’s money, but the show must go on. Here’s the Top 10 most expensive military airplane ever made in the world.
10. F/A-18 Hornet – $94 million
F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter is designed to be able to attack ground and air targets, and have the ability to be placed on the aircraft carrier. The aircraft is designed for the Navy and the United States Marine Corps, and is used also by other countries. This aircraft is also demonstrator aircraft for the Blue Angels since 1986.
9. EA-18G Growler – $102 Millions
Boeing EA-18g-based carrier has the ability to disrupt communications and radar systems, signals, and attacked antiaircraft radar on the ground. Old versions of these aircraft has been used in Iraq to disable a trigger signal in the roadside bomb.
8. V-22 Osprey – $118 million
Wide reach, speed and flexibility are qualified, it is desired by all aircraft designer. No exception to the V-22 is. V-22 is not just ordinary aircraft or helicopter, but the combination of both. Twice the speed, reach further five times, and can fly higher than twice the usual helicopter into the benefits of the V-22.
This aircraft is a single-seat fighter aircraft, single-engine, which can perform many functions, including air-to-air, close-air support and tactical bombing. Aircraft development was funded by the United States, United Kingdom, and several other countries. The aircraft was developed and manufactured by the aerospace industry led by Lockheed Martin and the two main partner, BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman.
6. E-2D Advanced Hawkeye – $232 million
A major step forward for surveillance and reconnaissance, the Advanced Hawkeye’s powerful new radar system will increase the range of territory an aircraft can monitor by 300%. “It can probably watch the pistachios pop in Iran,” an analyst for the think tank Lexington Institute told National Defense in July. Though development of the plane is on track and two test versions have been delivered to the Navy, budget cuts may keep the planes grounded for at least a year longer than planned.
5. VH-71 Kestrel – $241 million
VH-71 Kestrel helicopter is a publication of the AgustaWestland AW101 (formerly EH101), is now being awakened to replace Marine One, the helicopter carrying U.S. President.
4. P-8A Poseidon – $290 million
Boeing’s spruced-up military version of its 737 jet will be used by the Navy to conduct anti-submarine warfare and gather intelligence. It can carry torpedoes, missiles, depth charges and other weapons. The P-8A is expected to go into service in 2013.
3. C17A Globemaster III – $328 million
C-17 Globemaster III is a military transport aircraft of the United States are manufactured by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems and operated by the United States Air Force, Royal Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force. This aircraft has been also selected by the Canadian Military and planned for delivery in 2007. NATO is also planning to order this type of transport aircraft.
2. F-22 Raptor – $350 million
F-22 Raptor is a stealth fighter aircraft made by the United States. It was originally envisioned as air superiority fighter for use against Soviet aircraft, but the aircraft is equipped for ground attack, electronic warfare and signals intelligence. This aircraft through a long development period, is named the prototype YF-22, three years before it was officially adopted F/A-22 named, and finally given the name of the F-22A when used on the official start in December 2005.
1. B-2 Spirit – $2.4 billion
The B-2 bomber was most expensive airplane that Congress cut its initial 1987 purchase order from 132 to 21. (A 2008 crash leaves the current number at 20.) The B-2 is hard to detect via infrared, acoustic, electromagnetic, visual or radar signals. This stealth capability makes it able to attack enemy targets with less fear of retaliation. In use since 1993, the B-2 has been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.