The Pentagon, focusing on the concept of contactless war, quickly began to wastefully exploit its bomb arsenals, which consist of far from cast-iron blanks, but are replenished with rather expensive products.
Only in 2019 American aviation used 7423 ammunition of various types in Afghanistan and another 4729 in Iraq and Syria. In this regard, the price list presented by The War Zone is interesting.
As the publication indicates, it should be noted that prices fluctuate, "in some cases wildly," depending on various factors, including cost reduction when buying a large batch. This requires their differentiation according to the combat arms. You must also understand that there are specialized versions of ammunition that can cost significantly more than their more massive "brothers." At the same time, their price is averaged.
AIM-9X Sidewinder (Air Force) - $ 472
AIM-9X Sidewinder (Navy) - $ 430
AIM-120D Advanced Medium-Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) (Air Force) - $ 1,095 million
AIM-120D Advanced Medium-Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) (Navy) - $ 995 018 thousand
AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Managed Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) (Navy) - $ 6,149 million
AGM-114 Hellfire (Air Force) - $ 70
AGM-114 Hellfire (Army) - $ 213
AGM-114 Hellfire (Navy) - $ 45
AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) (Air Force) - $ 1,266 million
AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) (Air Force) - $ 3,960 million
AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) (Navy) - $ 3,518 million
AGM-179A Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) (Army) - $ 324
AGM-179A Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) (Navy) - $ 243
High precision bombs:
GBU-39 / B Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) (Air Force) - $ 39
GBU-53 / B StormBreaker / Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) (Air Force) - $ 195
GBU-53 / B StormBreaker / Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) (Navy) - $ 220
Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) (Air Force) - $ 21
Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) (Navy) - $ 22
The so-called "cast iron" is also far from cheap. According to the Air Force budget, a 82-pound Mk500 standard unguided bomb will cost $ 4 per unit, while a 000-pound Mk2000 class unguided bomb costs $ 84 apiece.
Thus, as can be seen from the selection presented by The War Zone, the most expensive ammunition costing more than $ 6 million is AARGM-ER. This is a long-range anti-radar missile, which is planned to be integrated into the armament of the F / A-18E / F, EA-18G and F-35A / C aircraft. The second place goes to the AGM-158C, which costs $ 4 million. This is a long-range anti-ship missile designed to replace the Harpoon. The third position was held by the AGM-158, for which it would be necessary to pay almost $ 1,3 million. This is a high-precision missile defense system designed to hit important, highly protected stationary and moving targets.