Ford-class carrier, loaded with new tech, is the most expensive ship ever – The US Navy is replacing its aging Enterprise and Nimitz-class aircraft carriers with the most expensive warships ever built – the Gerald R. Ford-class. The Ford has a staggering price tag: $13 billion per unit. The program itself, which incorporates a stunning two dozen novel technologies, has cost $120 billion – a significant mark-up from the estimated $77 billion. The Ford’s price tag is an investment in what should be exceptional performance (and long-term cost saving).
Let’s take a look at what makes the Ford so special and so expensive:
An aircraft carrier’s entire purpose is to project air power off-shore – it’s basically a floating, transportable airfield that can be parked off an enemy’s coast.
So, an aircraft carrier’s effectiveness relates directly to how many flights the carrier can produce. There’s even a metric
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