Can it actually be true that the Wasp MAVs cost $291,000 each???

According to Defence Tech:

"The Air Force is asking for $3.2 million to purchase 11 WASP micro air vehicles – those wicked little Aeorvironment throwable drones that peek over the next ridge. The Air Force says the drones will allow:

Battlefield Airmen to rapidly adapt to the dynamic war fighting environment of the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). The system provides increased situational awareness in a combat environment, enables ground-based Battlefield Airmen to find and track time-critical targets, and provide bomb damage assessment and force protection for forward-deployed troops."

That's $291,000 each. Can this possibly be right?

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Comment by Brian on April 7, 2010 at 10:11pm
Yea, that's about right. If it's like the Raven then there are multiple planes, several sets of ground station equipment purchased as a "System". Total package per system is in that price-range.
Comment by Wyliest on April 7, 2010 at 10:15pm
IDK, but at that price I think so one could make some thing cheaper. I wonder where one could fine some kind of group of people working on some thing like that? LOL!
Comment by Overwatch on April 7, 2010 at 10:15pm
Unlikely, since comparable machines of their competition cost around $10,000 (e.g. Raytheon's SilentEyes). There's probably some kind of additional R&D the USAF requested, ground infrastructure or personnel training in that price tag as well as the flight hardware.
Comment by Overwatch on April 7, 2010 at 10:19pm
Oh yeah, or there's more than one unit in a package :-)

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Comment by Chris Anderson on April 7, 2010 at 10:24pm
Normally, we promise to make UAVs two orders of magnitude cheaper, but now I think we can do three. "90% of the features for 1/1000th the price!"

Comment by Brian on April 7, 2010 at 10:30pm
The site says it shares the same technology as it's bigger brothers including the same ground station. It's super light and tough, (although a guess, I think it is also kevlar). If you've ever priced kevlar for DIY projects... you ended up with a fiberglass widgett! (at least I did).
Comment by Wyliest on April 7, 2010 at 10:34pm
I think with a little mass production some one could beat a 1000 times. Thats much money! How do i get a cut?

Comment by Ryan Beall on April 7, 2010 at 10:48pm
I can't remember what the price of the scan eagle was/is but I'm thinking its like half that??? Much more for the money!!!!
Comment by Johnathan Nielsen on April 7, 2010 at 11:44pm
Let's also remember when the government has something budgeted for x amount of dollars that is what they spend. No more, no less.
Comment by Jack Crossfire on April 8, 2010 at 1:26am
There was a time houses were only $50,000 & movies were only $3.50. Time for a review of monetary policy.


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