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User currently offlinestealthz From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5678 posts, RR: 45
Posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3135 times:
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… and rip off the tax payer!!!

http://www.watoday.com.au/technology...elp-fight-wars-20130205-2dvmw.html

I understand how military equipment costs more than off the shelf stuff, I understand there are enhancements and additional technologies involved… but WTF

“Britain obtained the technology as part of a $31 million contract for 160 units”

$31,000,000 for 160 units, that is $193,750 each for a slightly modified version of something you can buy at Paddy’s Market for $50-60… seriously!


If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
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User currently onlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3906 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3115 times:

You don't know what the contract includes.


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User currently offlineOroka From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 911 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3017 times:

While its capacity dwarfs commercial grade rc helicopters, nearly $200k each is way too much even if that price includes development. Aiming way high, $2000 each would be a reasonable price.


I would love a little chopper with those capabilities.


User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5427 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2978 times:

Quoting Oroka (Reply 2):
While its capacity dwarfs commercial grade rc helicopters, nearly $200k each is way too much even if that price includes development. Aiming way high, $2000 each would be a reasonable price.

It could include personnel, training, repair or replacement, secure encrypted communication equipment, transport equipment (as in trucks), and cover several years of operation.

Tugg



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13170 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

Quoting stealthz (Thread starter):
$31,000,000 for 160 units, that is $193,750 each for a slightly modified version of something you can buy at Paddy’s Market for $50-60… seriously!

I understand that the package included not only tech transfer but also UK production.
Eventually, they'll buy more than 160.


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