It has been estimated that more than a trillion and a half dollars a year are spent on military expenditures (2.7% of world GDP) worldwide. To be exact, in 2015 there were 1, 652 billion dollars. To get an idea of how much weapons cost, in this gallery we have collected 7 war technologies never entered into production, but whose project has cost millions, if not billions of euros. A succession of weapons … and failures.
Boeing Yal-1 airborne laser testbed It was a laser cannon mounted on the nose of a Boeing 747-400F. We talked about it in 2010, after a promising test . He should have been able to intercept and destroy missiles in flight, but the program was cut in 2011 because the laser was not very powerful. So 16 years of development and 5 billion dollars of investment were thrown away. Today the only existing example can be seen in the "Boneyard", the "cemetery" of the United States Air Force military aircraft.
OICW (Objective Individual Combat Weapon) Prototype of a gun capable of hitting the target even if protected by a shelter. He could have fired a 200 mm bullet, programmed to explode at a specific distance and altitude. In fact it should have been the combination of an assault rifle and a grenade launcher with small ammunition. Not to convince was the design: as you can see from the photo, the OICW is a bulky and heavy rifle. So nothing was done about it, after spending about $ 100 million from 1994 to 2005 when the project was shelved by DARPA.
A-12 Avenger The design of this stealth bomber (invisible to radar) was canceled in 1991 by Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, as each individual aircraft would have cost $ 165 million . To give you an idea, a specimen of F35, considered the most expensive aircraft in the world, costs from 99 to 120 million dollars.
Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) The EFV was born as an amphibious assault vehicle developed for the United States Marines. Making it would have cost $ 15 billion, but the program was canceled in 2011 by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, after a total cost of $ 3 billion. Reason: the high costs and the awareness that such a vehicle in modern war scenarios could be … less useful than expected.
The B70 Valkyrie. the Wagnerian reference to the Valkyries did not lead well to this American supersonic bomber considered "invulnerable", thanks to its ability to operate above 21, 000 meters at a speed higher than Mach 3. The invention of ground-air missiles capable of intercepting it (SAM) made it obsolete before being fielded. The project engaged American military engineers from the first half of the 1950s to 1969, the darkest period of the Cold War, to then be abandoned after only two prototypes: one exhibited in an aviation museum in Dayton (Ohio), the another crashed after a collision with an F-104. The cost of the project? 1.5 billion dollars at the time (that is more than 10 billion dollars today ).
Future Combat Systems The war in Afghanistan first, and the one in Iraq then, convinced the United States Army to launch a modernization program that included faster brigades with smaller vehicles able to be sent to war, with a very short notice short. The program was called Future Combat Systems, and should have had a total cost of 340 billion dollars had it been implemented. That didn't happen and in 2009 the program was canceled by the Government of Barack Obama. But the Department of Defense has spent more than $ 18 billion on its development.
RAH-66 Comanche A very expensive “invisible” radar helicopter ever acquired by the Pentagon and canceled in 2004 due to financial budget problems: built with radar-absorbing materials, it had concealed weapons inside special holds in the fuselage and the pilot cell he was able to withstand even a chemical weapon attack. From the early stages of the project, in 1991 until its cancellation in 2004, the army spent about 6.9 billion dollars . It must be said, that many of the technologies developed for the Comanche could have been used for the production of other aircraft and war weapons.You might also like: The USA and weapons: 11 things you (maybe) don't know SkyWall 100, the gunman Hitler's weapons still in use Open letter against war robots From boom to click: war becomes digital It has been estimated that annually, worldwide, more than a trillion and a half dollars are spent on military expenses (2.7% of world GDP). To be exact, in 2015 there were 1, 652 billion dollars. To get an idea of how much weapons cost, in this gallery we have collected 7 war technologies never entered into production, but whose project has cost millions, if not billions of euros. A succession of weapons … and failures.