The new LHA-6 that was discussed in a previous post is designed for an air wing of 20 JSF as one possible configuration. Let's do the math.
20 JSF x $161M = $3.22 billion
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The worst part is that the JSF provides only modest overall improvements over the Super Hornet in terms of range and has a smaller weapons capacity (3000 lb vs 17,750 lb for the Hornet) without resorting to external hardpoints which reduce its range and negate its stealth.