When the Pentagon trains more drones, it needs to be more transparent about costs
The Pentagon has been spending billions of dollars to develop a fleet of drones that will patrol America’s skies, even as it has been forced to raise costs for the technology.
The Pentagon announced a $5.5 billion increase in the cost of its newest aircraft, the $1.9 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, on Thursday.
The F-15E Strike Eagle, which is a derivative of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, is the Pentagon’s most expensive aircraft, with a total price tag of $4.8 billion.
That has made the military’s new drone program look even more expensive, with the Pentagon trying to lower its costs by buying new, more powerful drones, but the program has been plagued by delays and cost overruns.
The military has been trying to modernize its F-22 stealth fighter jet, but there have been no significant upgrades since it was first deployed in 2009.
The new F-23, the Pentagon said in a statement, will be able to “fly at supersonic speeds and at a range of 20,000 feet (6,400 meters), with a range capability of 400 miles (650 kilometers).
The F-3 will be the next generation of stealth fighters, with an airframe capable of flying at Mach 5.5 and carrying a range in excess of 20 miles (32 kilometers).
It will also be able “to carry a payload of up to 200 tons (330 metric tons) and can fly at sumanic speeds, as well as high-altitude cruising and air-to-air combat.”
The Pentagon also announced a new Joint Strike Tactical Fighter (JSF), a new combat system meant to take out enemy drones with precision.
The JSF, which was built by Boeing, will replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the most recent generation of fighter jets.