The House Appropriations Committee released their draft defense spending bill for 2015 and it contains some informative numbers.
Navy shipbuilding is budgeted $14.3B for 6 ships (type unspecified). That’s an average of $2.4B each. Further, assuming a lifespan of 35 years, procuring 6 ships per year equates to a 210 ship fleet. That’s a far cry from the 300+ ship fleet that the Navy and the current administration would like us to believe is coming. The numbers are what they are. The fleet is steadily shrinking.
Everyone’s favorite, the F-35, is budgeted for $5.8B for 38 aircraft (versions unspecified). For you JSF fanboys who seem unable to do the math, that’s $153M per aircraft. Don’t you hate actual numbers when you’re trying to argue for something? I know, I know, once we hit serial production the cost will drop to ten dollars each – heck, we may even make money on each one built!
The EA-18G Growler is budgeted at $975M for 12 aircraft which is $81M each.
These aren't final numbers, of course, but they are interesting.