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A big pile of gold. In the US, estimated the cost of B-2 Spirit

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Journalists of the portal The Infographics Show decided to find out which American equipment spent the most money. It turned out - the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, designed to break through the enemy’s air defense, reports Rossiyskaya Gazeta.




Built according to the “flying wing” scheme, the aircraft can carry both conventional and thermonuclear charges. His creation began at the end of 1970's under Jimmy Carter and continued under Ronald Reagan. The cost of the project is constantly growing.

“The first aircraft cost 737 millions of dollars, after modifications this amount increased to 929 millions. After another improvement in 1997, B-2 Spirit cost 2,1 a billion dollars apiece, ”the material says.

Congress approved the construction of 20 aircraft worth $ 44,65 billion.

It is noted that "the cost of buying and operating a B-2 bomber exceeds the price equal to it in weight (empty mass - 71,7 tons, normal take-off weight - 152,6 tons) mountains of gold."

Currently, the US Air Force has 20 such aircraft. They are planned to be operated until the 2032 year.

It is assumed that the high price of the bomber is associated with the coating material. “The radio-reflecting material used to create a stealth plane absorbs water. The frictional force that occurs in flight heats the surface of the aircraft, as a result of which the water absorbed by the coating begins to boil away, leaving bubbles on the surface of the expensive material. As a result, stealth aircraft is reduced. The need to eliminate coating defects (bubbles) arises after each flight, which causes a high cost of service, ”writes the publication.

According to experts, this theory has a weak spot: “it is not known whether B-2 is capable of accelerating to the speed at which the coating material heats up to the boiling point of water.” However, experts agree that "paint used is very expensive." A repair, which is carried out at least once in 7 years, costs $ 60 million per aircraft.

Many believe that the price for B-2 ($ 2,1 billion) is artificially overpriced due to “financial tricks”. In their opinion, the acceptable price for one aircraft is about $ 500 million, not more.

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  1. Russia
    Russia April 24 2018 14: 53
    +11
    The whole world works for this bunch, and they feel like a hedgehog when eating a cactus.
    1. vkl.47
      vkl.47 April 24 2018 15: 05
      +2
      Megaraspil
      1. Vadivak
        Vadivak April 24 2018 15: 31
        +5
        Quote: ......
        The radio-reflective material used to create the stealth aircraft absorbs water.


        It still looks like cardboard.
        1. Slovak
          Slovak April 24 2018 20: 26
          +1
          Let them try to deceive the S-300 in Syria.
          1. Ilya_Nsk
            Ilya_Nsk April 26 2018 06: 59
            0
            They bombarded Belgrade with guided bombs, i.e. flew by over him .. True, all the air defense was already in ruins then. To her credit, it should be noted that the "invisibility" F-117 "was shot down by her.
    2. Lord of the Sith
      Lord of the Sith April 24 2018 15: 08
      +16
      F-35

      I somehow explained why I rejoice and am pushing in the F-35 procurement news.
      We will omit technical problems and omit the need for such an aircraft in the army. Although partly the question of profitability also stands. And I am glad because the F-35 aircraft is a vacuum cleaner for the military budgets of NATO countries and their allies.

      As you know, the average flight time per year is 300 hours in NATO countries and their allies. It gradually decreased from 420 to 200. There were several articles on this subject. In general, an AS pilot or sniper should have a flying time of up to 1000 hours at the end of the service. There have also been articles on this subject.

      And now we consider, for an hour of flight:
      F-16 - $ 22500 / hour
      F-18 - $ 24400 / hour
      F-22 - $ 68300 / hour
      F-35:
      in 2013 in $ 24000 / hour,
      in 2016 year $ 31000 / hour,
      in 2017 $ 45000 / hour,
      in 2018 year $ 50000 / hour.
      In other words, they have so decreased from the 80s to 2000 from 420 up to 200 hours per year. The decrease is due to the lack of tasks and the high cost of maintenance, and small military budgets. And this at a cost in the USA of $ 22500 / hour for F-16, F-18 aircraft, in Europe I think cheaper, due to lower fuel costs and salaries.

      And now they are buying F-35 aircraft, all this for 5 years, that is, over the years huge sums have already been allocated from military budgets. Now, pilots on each should fly an average of 300 hours a year.

      For example, a NATO country purchased 100 F-35 units. We multiply this by the number of pilots, it is quite possible that not one, but 2-3 pilots are assigned to each machine, and it will be so, since there are many pilots, and there are not enough planes, we multiply by the average number of hours and the cost of an hour.

      So consider: 100 F-35 x 2 pilots x 300 hours x $ 50000 / hour = 3 000 0000 000 $ Perhaps in Europe the cost of an hour is cheaper. Of course, maybe a little less or a little more aircraft, one pilot, not two or three, and maybe not 300 hours, but 200 hours, and the cost is not $ 50000 / hour. Anyway, in the year 2-3 billion. $ Only for these aircraft and only the costs of the Air Force. And there are other fighters, tankers, attack aircraft, bombers, AWACS, transporters.

      In general, the F-35 is a vacuum cleaner for the military budgets of NATO countries and their allies.

      PS I wrote to Nikolai in connection with the news about the F-35. And now this news has arrived in time)
      1. LiSiCyn
        LiSiCyn April 24 2018 15: 44
        +1
        Quote: Sith Lord
        3 000 0000 000 $

        Lord hi , one toe, extra attributed wink
        1. Lord of the Sith
          Lord of the Sith April 24 2018 15: 50
          +1
          Re-checked, everything seems to be correct.
          100 x 2 = 200
          200 x 300 = 60000
          60000 x 50000 = 3.000.000.000
          1. Logall
            Logall April 24 2018 16: 02
            +3
            Quote: LiSiCyn
            one toe, extra

            Quote: Sith Lord
            Re-checked, everything seems to be correct.

            hi
            1. Lord of the Sith
              Lord of the Sith April 24 2018 16: 05
              +2
              And I realized, thanks. Typo. But, in the text I wrote below 2-3 billion.
        2. sabakina
          sabakina April 24 2018 15: 55
          +6
          Stat, not superfluous, he saw the future. wink
          1. LiSiCyn
            LiSiCyn April 24 2018 20: 18
            +2
            Quote: sabakina
            Stat, not superfluous, he saw the future.

            And you, Vyacheslav hi , mixed up the letter ... Not Stat, but Stas .. repeat
        3. Ilya_Nsk
          Ilya_Nsk April 26 2018 07: 02
          0
          Soar, bro, 200 * 300 * 50000 will be 3 billion, as indicated.
      2. URAL72
        URAL72 April 24 2018 15: 52
        +4
        O Lord of the Sith! In general, you are a right thinker, and you think it is not bad, but it seems to me that this is the same song as about the collapse of the USSR, as a result of exorbitant military spending. Tell me, all these terrible billions, where they will pour, into the Russian economy, or all the same, the USA and Euro-societies? Fuel, spare parts where they will produce, at whose plants, to whom is the salary? Who are the taxes? Salaries in Western countries take 24-27% of the cost of the product, this money feeds trade and the economy, rent, VAT, VAT, etc., also in a hut, in a closet. This will not ruin the states and Europe, as long as their money is a freely convertible currency, but when all payments in world trade are made in gold, yuan, bitcoin, or say fat, then another thing, I agree with you one hundred percent.
        1. Lord of the Sith
          Lord of the Sith April 24 2018 15: 56
          +9
          Good afternoon, Oleg! And I didn’t write that because of military budgets their economy will collapse. He only wrote that because of these planes, they will have to reduce the costs of other areas in the military budget. Perhaps due to ground equipment, or the Navy may suffer.
          1. URAL72
            URAL72 April 24 2018 18: 18
            +3
            Good day! Duck and I write that you think correctly, and in general I agree. Plusan.
            1. Lord of the Sith
              Lord of the Sith April 24 2018 18: 22
              +1
              What about GDP and military budgets


        2. xboct84
          xboct84 April 25 2018 13: 55
          0
          You somehow do not think so. You confuse the owners of money and the people. This is not the same thing. The owners never lose anything and can’t lose anything. Loses the people. Money is coming from the budget, some expenditure cuts, others raise. Airplanes became more expensive, took money from other budget expenditures. Let's say they did not build a kindergarten or did not repair the road on time. The owners of the money do not lose anything, it is their money that is spinning, they simply transferred it from one pocket to another. Ordinary people lose. Free convertibility does not make money more expensive or cheaper, not to be confused with emissions. The printing press is another matter. They printed more money, there was more money, but they became cheaper. Something like this: you and I had $ 20, I printed another $ 40. I got 60, and you still have the same 20. But the money was $ 80, and their cost was two times less. Now you have $ 10, and I have $ 30. So this money is taken to cover all sorts of holes. But these $ 10 did not come from nowhere, they were taken from the people. Clear?
      3. Simargl
        Simargl April 24 2018 16: 10
        +3
        $ 20-50 per kilometer .... horror! wassat
    3. Vend
      Vend April 24 2018 16: 55
      +3
      Quote: Rusland
      The whole world works for this bunch, and they feel like a hedgehog when eating a cactus.

      somehow
  2. Vitaly Anisimov
    Vitaly Anisimov April 24 2018 14: 53
    +5
    Russian potatoes planted ..Not to scare these your monsters!
    1. Nasrat
      Nasrat April 24 2018 15: 23
      +1
      Where do Russian potatoes shake? In Azerbaijan?
      And the Russians still have minus weather ... laughing
      1. Sands Careers General
        Sands Careers General April 24 2018 17: 19
        +3
        In the Krasnodar Territory and the Crimea in February there was about 20 heat))

        I wonder what is the ratio of the weight of B-2 and potato at a cost? laughing
  3. Franz Josef Land
    Franz Josef Land April 24 2018 14: 56
    +6
    how much is it in the stadiums zenith
    1. Dormidont
      Dormidont April 24 2018 14: 58
      +1
      How from here to Kiev
  4. Dormidont
    Dormidont April 24 2018 14: 57
    0
    Do not get poorer. A few more wagons of dollars will print
  5. bazzbazz
    bazzbazz April 24 2018 14: 58
    +2
    The state has been milked without noise and dust for almost 40 years! ) definitely an offset. And most importantly, do not put anyone behind this miracle)
  6. inkass_98
    inkass_98 April 24 2018 15: 00
    +3
    There’s nothing for 2 yard of greenery for every plane to pay. Well, there is no such filling in it. And the paint, no matter how wonderful it is, does not pull so much.
    1. Eduard petrov
      Eduard petrov April 24 2018 15: 04
      +4
      Quote: inkass_98
      There’s nothing for 2 yard of greenery for every plane to pay. Well, there is no such filling in it. And the paint, no matter how wonderful it is, does not pull so much.

      Drop in PM the rates for "stuffing" and "paint" in excel, I want to compare with my data, maybe mine are out of date. Thank!
      1. inkass_98
        inkass_98 April 24 2018 17: 00
        0
        Add to "your data"
        1. Eduard petrov
          Eduard petrov April 24 2018 17: 14
          +1
          That is, you basically do not understand how much a similar unit with its filling can cost, right? Why then are you giving incompetent comments on this? By virtue of age? Then excusable ...)
  7. tap
    tap April 24 2018 15: 05
    +2
    "After another refinement in 1997, the B-2 Spirit was worth $ 2,1 billion apiece." Twice at once ... Probably sheathed an Alcantara chair ...
  8. thinker
    thinker April 24 2018 15: 05
    +2
    The radio-reflective material used to create the stealth aircraft

    Something new, actually the opposite - radar absorbing materials.
    1. Sergey985
      Sergey985 April 24 2018 15: 20
      +2
      All right, radio-reflective. Ball paint stolen from us and smuggled! Hence the price!
      1. xboct84
        xboct84 April 25 2018 13: 58
        0
        not radio-reflecting, but radio-absorbing. There is a difference?
  9. starogil
    starogil April 24 2018 15: 06
    +2
    A big pile of gold. In the US, estimated the cost of B-2 Spirit .....

    Let them fly over the Kapustin Yar.
    1. NN52
      NN52 April 24 2018 15: 25
      +2
      Now it’s clear where the Germans’s gold (which was stored by the Amers) went away .... At B 2 ...
  10. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh April 24 2018 15: 10
    +1
    Here's how he bombes:
    1. Russia
      Russia April 24 2018 15: 18
      +7
      Quote: voyaka uh
      Here's how he bombes:

      Carefree and unpunished hi
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh April 24 2018 15: 22
        +2
        Why steam? This photo is from exercises. laughing
        1. Russia
          Russia April 24 2018 15: 55
          +8
          Quote: voyaka uh
          Why steam? This photo is from exercises.

          Who would doubt that laughing , in combat, this insolent would appear before us in a big pile. hi
    2. starogil
      starogil April 24 2018 15: 19
      +4
      He knows that they bomb those who cannot answer, with impunity, like Israel.
      1. Paranoid50
        Paranoid50 April 24 2018 16: 02
        +6
        Quote: starogil
        they bomb those who cannot answer, with impunity, like Israel.

        Israel was recently punished. Now he stands in the corner and from there makes faces. wassat
    3. Alexey RA
      Alexey RA April 24 2018 15: 23
      +5
      Heh heh heh ... if it was our plane, then all-scooters would scamper with screams "plane for 2 billion iron bomb uses unguided ammunition - cut and drank, can’t do anything normally, nababudim-niprastim ".
      According to the Su-57 photo with suspended cast iron, bmpd had such screams on 2 sheets. smile
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    5. TOR2
      TOR2 April 24 2018 20: 43
      +1
      Quote: voyaka uh
      Here's how he bombes:

      In the case of a big mess, this bird flies off quickly. You probably know about the B2 coating, and that it is applied in a hangar with air conditioning. Even collapsible such hangars are created. In the case of hostilities, even of medium intensity, instead of a hangar there will be a shed on the outskirts of the field, at best heated by a stove.
      As one of the mattress generals said, examining this magnificence, and representing what war is.
      If the Russians do not capitulate on the first day of the war, then we capitulate on the second.
  11. Shadow shooter
    Shadow shooter April 24 2018 15: 10
    0
    Why is Trump holding the Mig-29 in his hands in the video winked
  12. Corsair0304
    Corsair0304 April 24 2018 15: 14
    +2
    The need to eliminate coating defects (bubbles) arises after each flight, which leads to a high cost of service ”

    bubbles after each flight laughing laughing laughing laughing
    1. Kerensky
      Kerensky April 24 2018 16: 13
      +4
      The need to eliminate coating defects (bubbles) arises after each flight, which leads to a high cost of service ”

      That is, it’s enough to fill up the “anti-bubble car wash” (there are hardly a lot of them) and that’s all? There is no more invisibility, but he flies like a drunken crow .... Ali villains lie and there is a grandmother with a mop ....
  13. MadCat
    MadCat April 24 2018 15: 56
    0
    Congress approved the construction of 20 aircraft worth $ 44,65 billion.

    But in Russia there was an Olympics! And not like the samletas, people were amused! fellow
  14. rrrd
    rrrd April 24 2018 16: 41
    +2
    I like the plane! what is it futuristic.
  15. NIKNN
    NIKNN April 24 2018 16: 50
    +1
    Built according to the “flying wing” scheme, an aircraft can carry both conventional and thermonuclear charges.
    Wow, not according to the scheme, is the flying wing already gone?
    1. Golovan Jack
      Golovan Jack April 24 2018 17: 05
      +3
      Quote: NIKNN
      Built according to the “flying wing” scheme, an aircraft can carry both conventional and thermonuclear charges.
      Wow, not according to the scheme, is the flying wing already gone?

      Complex sentence wassat
      Learning is always useful (s)
      1. NIKNN
        NIKNN April 24 2018 17: 12
        +1
        Quote: Golovan Jack
        Learning is always useful (s)

        It’s just that I didn’t fully understand. In fact, the author is right, because a non-flying wing, alas, does not have such capabilities ... recourse
  16. gloomy fox
    gloomy fox April 24 2018 16: 52
    +1
    heh heh, nothing human is alien to the Yankees, they are sawing the budget just like everywhere else. Why not shiking at the expense of the whole world!
  17. Wolka
    Wolka April 25 2018 05: 25
    0
    all the fuss, collect the scrap metal ...
  18. gukoyan
    gukoyan April 25 2018 07: 05
    0
    Was it covered with a carpet or something? What kind of coating is it that absorbs water?
    In any way they saw)