Aviation Unit Costs

(Updated 12 February 2013)

Defense Department Budget Summaries

References:
FY1980 DoD Budget Summary [For FY78 Procurement]
FY1981 DoD Budget Summary [For FY79 Procurement]
FY1982 DoD Budget Summary [For FY80 Procurement]
FY1983 DoD Budget Summary [For FY81 Procurement]
FY1984 DoD Budget Summary [For FY82 Procurement]
FY1986 DoD Budget Summary [For FY84 Procurement]
FY1988 DoD Budget Summary
[for FY86 Procurement]
FY1989 DoD Budget Summary [for FY87 Procurement]
FY1990 DoD Budget Summary [for FY88 Procurement]

Aircraft

Platform

FY

QTY

Total Cost
($ millions / then yr)

Cost Per Unit
($ / then yr)

Cost Per Unit
($ / 2010)

A-6E Intruder

FY80

6

157.5

$26,250,000.00

$69,465,655.34

A-6E Intruder

FY81

12

270.7

$22,558,333.33

$54,114,190.69

A-6E Intruder

FY82

12

283.2

$23,600,000.00

$53,327,684.97

A-6E Intruder

FY84

6

232

$38,666,666.67

$81,150,131.54

A-6E Intruder

FY86

11

281

$25,545,454.55

$50,824,266.76

EA-6B Prowler

FY79

6

173.6

$28,933,333.33

$86,902,023.88

EA-6B Prowler

FY81

6

223.7

$37,283,333.33

$89,437,343.60

EA-6B Prowler

FY82

6

275.8

$45,966,666.67

$103,868,471.16

EA-6B Prowler

FY86

12

399.6

$33,300,000.00

$66,252,416.06

EA-6B Prowler

FY87

12

411.9

$34,325,000.00

$65,887,079.23

AV-8B Harrier II

FY82

12

667.3

$55,608,333.33

$125,655,240.76

AV-8B Harrier II

FY84

27

893.1

$33,077,777.78

$69,420,672.87

AV-8B Harrier II

FY86

46

740

$16,086,956.52

$32,005,998.10

AV-8B Harrier II

FY87

42

624.1

$14,859,523.81

$28,522,960.60

AV-8B Harrier II

FY88

24

584.8

$24,366,666.67

$44,913,760.50

A-10 Thunderbolt II

FY78

144

823.6

$5,719,444.44

$19,128,208.25

A-10 Thunderbolt II

FY79

144

809.3

$5,620,138.89

$16,880,234.24

A-10 Thunderbolt II

FY80

144

912.6

$6,337,500.00

$16,770,993.93

B-1B Lancer

FY82

1

1612

$1,612,000,000.00

$3,642,552,041.45

B-1B Lancer

FY84

10

6124.5

$612,450,000.00

$1,285,355,122.23

C-5B Galaxy

FY84

4

1358.3

$339,575,000.00

$712,669,549.57

KC-10 Extender

FY79

2

163.6

$81,800,000.00

$245,688,440.77

KC-10 Extender

FY80

4

194.8

$48,700,000.00

$128,875,330.10

KC-10 Extender

FY81

6

327

$54,500,000.00

$130,737,645.76

KC-10 Extender

FY82

6

234.5

$39,083,333.33

$88,314,563.04

KC-10 Extender

FY84

8

786.1

$98,262,500.00

$206,224,520.69

MC-130H Combat Talon II

FY84

2

73.1

$36,550,000.00

$76,707,861.41

E-2C Hawkeye

FY78

6

196.5

$32,750,000.00

$109,529,662.58

E-2C Hawkeye

FY79

6

209.1

$34,850,000.00

$104,672,887.05

E-2C Hawkeye

FY81

6

240.9

$40,150,000.00

$96,314,063.81

E-2C Hawkeye

FY82

6

262.8

$43,800,000.00

$98,972,567.88

E-2C Hawkeye

FY84

6

324.2

$54,033,333.33

$113,400,313.12

E-3A AWACS

FY78

3

267.7

$89,233,333.33

$298,433,492.84

E-3A AWACS

FY79

3

254.1

$84,700,000.00

$254,398,666.67

E-3A AWACS

FY81

2

270

$135,000,000.00

$323,845,544.55

E-3A AWACS

FY82

2

262.1

$131,050,000.00

$296,126,826.94

F-14 Tomcat

FY78

44

822.4

$18,690,909.09

$62,510,197.43

F-14 Tomcat

FY79

36

848.5

$23,569,444.44

$70,791,443.22

F-14 Tomcat

FY80

30

766.3

$25,543,333.33

$67,595,595.79

F-14 Tomcat

FY81

30

927.4

$30,913,333.33

$74,156,631.61

F-14 Tomcat

FY82

30

1176

$39,200,000.00

$88,578,188.60

F-14 Tomcat

FY84

24

976

$40,666,666.67

$85,347,552.13

F-14 Tomcat

FY87

15

278.8

$18,586,666.67

$35,677,237.56

F-14 Tomcat

FY88

12

818.8

$68,233,333.33

$125,770,817.70

F-15 Eagle

FY78

97

1588.3

$16,374,226.80

$54,762,245.40

F-15 Eagle

FY79

78

1387.3

$17,785,897.44

$53,420,408.42

F-15 Eagle

FY80

60

1060.3

$17,671,666.67

$46,764,720.23

F-15 Eagle

FY82

36

1154.5

$32,069,444.44

$72,465,645.37

F-15 Eagle

FY84

36

1514.5

$42,069,444.44

$88,291,576.30

F-15 Eagle

FY86

48

1776.5

$37,010,416.67

$73,634,520.23

F-15 Eagle

FY87

42

1766.6

$42,061,904.76

$80,738,122.40

F-15 Eagle

FY88

42

1510.7

$35,969,047.62

$66,299,802.60

F-16 Falcon

FY78

105

1486.8

$14,160,000.00

$47,356,947.24

F-16 Falcon

FY79

145

1462

$10,082,758.62

$30,283,829.39

F-16 Falcon

FY80

175

1659.9

$9,485,142.86

$25,100,634.84

F-16 Falcon

FY81

180

1941.9

$10,788,333.33

$25,879,656.91

F-16 Falcon

FY82

120

2231.1

$18,592,500.00

$42,012,499.27

F-16 Falcon

FY84

144

2551.7

$17,720,138.89

$37,189,437.97

F-16 Falcon

FY86

180

2916.6

$16,203,333.33

$32,237,536.98

F-16 Falcon

FY87

180

2917.7

$16,209,444.44

$31,114,142.76

F-16 Falcon

FY88

180

2740

$15,222,222.22

$28,058,299.99

F-18 Hornet

FY79

9

536.9

$59,655,555.56

$179,177,022.34

F-18 Hornet

FY80

25

1,119.70

$44,788,000.00

$118,522,962.72

F-18 Hornet

FY81

60

2012.3

$33,538,333.33

$80,453,628.31

F-18 Hornet

FY82

63

2422.2

$38,447,619.05

$86,878,072.74

F-18 Hornet

FY84

84

2472.3

$29,432,142.86

$61,769,541.32

F-18 Hornet

FY86

84

2174.9

$25,891,666.67

$51,513,077.25

F-18 Hornet

FY87

84

2664.7

$31,722,619.05

$60,891,790.66

F-18 Hornet

FY88

84

2436.8

$29,009,523.81

$53,471,688.28

P-3 Orion

FY82

12

430.8

$35,900,000.00

$81,121,351.30

P-3C Orion

FY84

5

303.9

$60,780,000.00

$127,559,611.93

P-3C/G Orion

FY86

9

374.7

$41,633,333.33

$82,832,099.76

P-3 Orion

FY87

9

382.6

$42,511,111.11

$81,600,377.15

SH-60B Lamps Mk III

FY82

18

706.7

$39,261,111.11

$88,716,278.18

SH-60B Lamps Mk III

FY84

21

527.6

$25,123,809.52

$52,727,597.78

SH-60B/F

FY86

18

291.2

$16,177,777.78

$32,186,692.62

SH-60B/F

FY87

24

395.4

$16,475,000.00

$31,623,878.52

SH-60B/F

FY88

24

468.9

$19,537,500.00

$36,012,418.43

T-45 Goshawk

FY88

12

392.2

$32,683,333.33

$60,243,422.94

TR-1 “Dragon Lady”

FY81

4

122.9

$30,725,000.00

$73,704,847.08

TR-1 “Dragon Lady”

FY82

4

138.6

$34,650,000.00

$78,296,791.71

TR-1/U-2 “Dragon Lady”

FY84

6

195.6

$32,600,000.00

$68,417,955.73

Add-on Pods, Etc

Platform

FY

QTY

Total Cost
($ millions / then yr)

Cost Per Unit
($ / then yr)

Cost Per Unit
($ / 2010)

GPU-5/A 30mm Gunpod

FY81

40

32.3

$807,500.00

$1,937,076.13

GPU-5/A 30mm Gunpod

FY82

104

43.7

$420,192.31

$949,486.57

LANTIRN Pod (USAF)

FY86

9

420.7

$46,744,444.44

$93,000,972.42

LANTIRN Pod (USAF)

FY87

150

761.4

$5,076,000.00

$9,743,417.75

AN/ALQ-165 Airborne Self Protection Jammer (ASPJ)

FY87

6

90

$15,000,000.00

$28,792,605.63

Munitions

Platform

FY

QTY

Total Cost
($ millions / then yr)

Cost Per Unit
($ / then yr)

Cost Per Unit
($ / 2010)

GBU-15
2,000 lb Bomb

FY80

35

16.1

$460,000.00

$1,217,302.91

AIM-7E/F Sparrow

FY78

425

65.6

$154,352.94

$516,220.63

AIM-7F/M Sparrow

FY78

1,300

112.8

$86,769.23

$290,192.51

AIM-7F/M Sparrow (USAF)

FY79

1,500

122.8

$81,866.67

$245,888.68

AIM-7F/M Sparrow (USN)

FY79

410

52.6

$128,292.68

$385,330.43

AIM-7F/M Sparrow (USAF)

FY80

1,320

125.5

$95,075.76

$251,599.99

AIM-7F/M Sparrow (USN)

FY80

240

63

$262,500.00

$694,656.55

AIM-7M Sparrow (USAF)

FY81

1,050

185.2

$176,380.95

$423,112.49

AIM-7M Sparrow (USN)

FY81

625

146.3

$234,080.00

$561,524.19

AIM-7M Sparrow (USAF)

FY82

966

222.3

$230,124.22

$519,999.67

AIM-7M Sparrow (USN)

FY82

321

70.6

$219,937.69

$496,981.70

AIM-7M Sparrow (USN)

FY84

374

86

$229,946.52

$482,591.14

AIM-9H/L Sidewinder

FY78

600

40.4

$67,333.33

$225,190.76

AIM-9L Sidewinder

FY78

2,300

104

$45,217.39

$151,225.82

AIM-9L/M Sidewinder (USAF)

FY79

2,500

96.4

$38,560.00

$115,815.97

AIM-9L/M Sidewinder (USN)

FY79

650

33.1

$50,923.08

$152,948.79

AIM-9L/M Sidewinder (USAF)

FY80

2,050

86.9

$42,390.24

$112,177.76

AIM-9L/M Sidewinder (USN)

FY80

320

21.5

$67,187.50

$177,799.00

AIM-9M Sidewinder (USAF)

FY81

1,280

105.9

$82,734.38

$198,467.84

AIM-9M Sidewinder (USN)

FY81

220

44.2

$200,909.09

$481,951.96

AIM-9M Sidewinder (USAF)

FY82

700

51.7

$73,857.14

$166,891.12

AIM-9M Sidewinder (USN)

FY82

1,800

136.8

$76,000.00

$171,733.22

AIM-9M Sidewinder (USAF)

FY84

1,700

104.5

$61,470.59

$129,008.96

AIM-9M Sidewinder (USAF)

FY86

3,770

173.4

$45,994.69

$91,509.30

AIM-9M Sidewinder (USAF)

FY87

744

40.4

$54,301.08

$104,231.30

AIM-54A Phoenix (USN)

FY78

210

88.2

$420,000.00

$1,404,655.21

AIM-54A Phoenix (USN)

FY79

210

92.2

$439,047.62

$1,318,691.01

AIM-54C Phoenix (USN)

FY80

60

108.3

$1,805,000.00

$4,776,590.78

AIM-54C Phoenix (USN)

FY81

210

161

$766,666.67

$1,839,122.85

AIM-54C Phoenix (USN)

FY82

72

162.6

$2,258,333.33

$5,103,037.65

AIM-54C Phoenix (USN)

FY84

265

332.8

$1,255,849.06

$2,635,663.35

AIM-54C Phoenix (USN)

FY86

265

315.1

$1,189,056.60

$2,365,701.89

AIM-54C Phoenix (USN)

FY87

205

289.3

$1,411,219.51

$2,708,845.79

AIM-54C Phoenix (USN)

FY88

360

341.6

$948,888.89

$1,749,035.63

AGM-65D Maverick (IIR) (USAF)

FY82

200

222.2

$1,111,000.00

$2,510,468.56

AGM-65D Maverick (IIR) (USAF)

FY84

1,980

303.1

$153,080.81

$321,272.27

AGM-65D Maverick (IIR) (USAF)

FY86

2,435

410.3

$168,501.03

$335,243.25

AGM-65D Maverick (IIR) (USAF)

FY87

3,224

363.7

$112,810.17

$216,539.92

AGM-65D Maverick (IIR) (USAF)

FY88

3,300

358.3

$108,575.76

$200,131.83

AGM-65E Maverick (Laser) (USN)

FY84

185

36.2

$195,675.68

$410,666.56

AGM-65E Maverick (Laser) (USN)

FY86

1,500

151.6

$101,066.67

$201,078.40

AGM-88 HARM

FY81

80

126.9

$1,586,250.00

$3,805,185.15

AGM-88 HARM

FY82

236

202.5

$858,050.85

$1,938,892.60

AGM-88 HARM

FY86

2,141

602.4

$281,363.85

$559,790.83

AGM-88 HARM

FY87

2,398

600.6

$250,458.72

$480,757.27

AGM-88 HARM

FY88

2,297

555.4

$241,793.64

$445,685.16

AIM-120 AMRAAM

FY87

180

582.4

$3,235,555.56

$6,210,671.67

AIM-120 AMRAAM

FY88

400

673.1

$1,682,750.00

$3,101,722.18