According to this article, this very ordinary looking quadcopter from AirCover Solutions that's being promoted to US police forces costs $40,000 to $60,000. Can anyone explain why?

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Comment by Peter Meister on October 28, 2012 at 2:57pm


Can you say $400 dollar hammer all over again - LOL .....It looks like a lotus 580P from AlishanMao.... :)

Man this just shows you how out of touch the DoD is....

Comment by Kenneth Cowan on October 28, 2012 at 3:06pm

Well it comes in a Pelican case.  Do you know how expensive those things are?  ;-)

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Comment by Chris Anderson on October 28, 2012 at 3:11pm

Kenneth: Good point--that's $150 explained. Now we just need to explain the other $59,850 ;-)

Comment by Peter Meister on October 28, 2012 at 3:12pm

Hahahahaha, Man and I thought my Tumi was expesive ;)

Comment by Kevin Brown on October 28, 2012 at 3:34pm

That is how much you have to charge when you only sell 10 or 15 per year

Comment by Billy Chan on October 28, 2012 at 3:55pm

The 'intrinsicly safe' certification would cost a bundle.

Comment by Jean-Marc Gendreau on October 28, 2012 at 3:59pm

This must include a service contract and formation etc...

Comment by Bernard Michaud on October 28, 2012 at 4:03pm

Some thoughts about why the 60K$ value

Communication frequency and equipment, Top quality TV camera, Zoom lenses, Camera orientation system, Video HD transmission system, Base station sophistication, Telemetry, Production cost, Customer support, Warranty Sales and marketing and ….. profits !!!!

Comment by Bertrand Duchiron on October 28, 2012 at 4:07pm

Maybe because it's "Made in USA " ;)

Comment by Mark Colwell on October 28, 2012 at 4:18pm

See the decal..


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