You all know what the LAU-115/6 is, right? You don’t?! OK, I didn’t exactly recognize the item right off the bat either. LAU-115 and -116 are the launch pylons used on the Navy’s Hornets to carry and launch AIM-120 and AIM-9X air to air missiles.
|Typical Launch Pylon|
What do you think they cost? Maybe $1000 each? Naw, probably more than that. The military doesn’t buy anything cheap. Maybe $5000 each? They couldn’t be more than $10,000 each, could they? They’re just relatively simple racks that carry and eject the missiles.
Well, Raytheon Technical Services was given a $38M contract to supply 228 LAU-115 launchers and 30 LAU-115 launchers for the Navy. Some quick math gives us a price of $144,000 each. Wow! I’m in the wrong line of work.