Rating expensive military vehicles
"What you pay for is what you get" - that is often the case when you purchase most goods, but the best and most accurate, this phrase refers to cases when it comes to military spending. As a rule, the army with the best financing is almost guaranteed to win over the enemy, which is funded by the worse. But military force depends not only on cash investments. In addition, one of the main factors is the strong economy, which allows you to improve weapons and make it even more deadly.
The most expensive military means of movement of the planet go hand in hand with the technological development of weapons systems and are able to wreak havoc and destruction in virtually every corner of the globe. Most of them - it's warships such as destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers, armed with advanced missiles and equipped with nuclear reactors and powerful engines. And if you look at the cost of the world for service, it is not surprising that most of the wonders of the most expensive is the United States belongs to the modern military technology.
10. Vikramaditya - 2, 35 billion dollars
Vikramaditya - a modified aircraft carrier, bought military India in the Russian military-industrial complex. The aircraft carrier was bought at an inflated price that made it clear how seriously set India on the issue of their own security. ship weighs 44,500 tons, in length it reaches 274 meters, and a width of 53 meters. Vikramaditya able to swim up to 7000 nautical miles, and driving it are eight diesel boilers with six turbine generators and six diesel generators. On board the Vikramaditya may be from 1600 to 2000 members of the crew, as well as up to thirty aircraft, helicopters and other aircraft.
9. Bomber B-2 Spirit Stealth - 2, 4 billion dollars
B-2 Spirit - this is an American strategic bomber that can perform complex and dangerous missions. Its surface was designed in a way that had the opportunity to absorb radar signals and to protect from radiation in the event of a nuclear explosion. Special aerodynamic characteristics of the aircraft allow screening jets engines with a maximum thrust of which is 4 * 7700 kg. B-2 can carry up to 27,000 kilograms of weapons of war, out of which 16 are located on board the nuclear shells. Fully dressed, he is able to cover a distance of 6000 nautical miles. Overall, it was created by a "flying wing" on the aerodynamic configuration, and thereby received such an exotic look.
8. The aircraft carrier "Varyag" - 2, 4 billion dollars
When the Soviet Union collapsed, the right of the aircraft carrier "Varyag" in 1991, which at that time was completed by only 70%, went to the Ukraine. After that, he was sold to one Chinese travel agency for only $ 20 million (although the engine and rudder were missing on the ship). After the Chinese plans to turn it into a floating luxury hotel is failed, "Varyag" was moved to a dry dock and placed at the disposal of the Government of China. Since he is under the close supervision of the US government. And although at the moment no one is unaware of the plans for the Chinese Varyag, defense experts believe that it can serve as an excellent training ground, or, eventually, to become another Chinese aircraft carrier.
7. The submarine type "Virginia" - 2, 5 billion dollars
This new class of combat submarines has been designed specifically for the numerous missions undertaken both in shallow water and at depth. Submarines of this type are equipped with a nuclear reactor, four torpedo tubes and twelve vertical launchers, capable at once to issue up to 16 cruise missiles. The low visibility of this vessel allows it to be transported to a special group of Navy intelligence and combat operations. The nuclear reactor is paired with two turbine engines and jet pump, producing more than 29 megawatts of power.
6. USS America - 3, 4 billion dollars
USS America - this carrier type LHA 6, landing craft and one of the newest US Navy ships. Fitted with steam turbine engines, it is able to move to a distance of 11,000 nautical miles at a speed of 16 knots, or up to 22,000 nautical miles at speeds of up to 12, 5 knots. This carrier can carry on board up to 34 aircraft, which are located on the flight deck area of 8000 square meters. Approximately 1700 square meters of its deck is reserved for amphibious vehicles. For storage of ammunition is assigned to a separate deck area of 11 000 square meters. Quickly navigate between decks allow six arms and hoists.
5. The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle - 4000000000
This is a fairly controversial project, the construction of which lasted for decades and has cost huge amounts of money. French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle was originally commissioned in 1986 and has only recently been tested, after a number of problems, and then there were all the time in the course of its operation, it has been resolved. It is the first French aircraft carrier, equipped with a nuclear engine. The aircraft carrier is driven by two nuclear reactors capable of producing a total of up to 117,000 kilowatts of energy, as well as four diesel generators, four gas turbine generators and four turbo-generators. He is able to carry up to 40 aircraft and 1900 crew members. The length Charles de Gaulle reaches 261 meters, and a width of 64 meters. In early January 2015, it became known that France is about to send the aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf during the military campaign against the ISIS groups.
4. HMS Astute - 5, 5 billion dollars
HMS Astute - British submarine class Nimitz boat, recently it was stuck off the coast of Scotland, North aground while throwing troops on the coast. Unfortunately, in spite of the heavy duty core engine capable of speeds up to 30 knots, the submarine was not able to get out of this difficult situation, and the military had to resort to the help of tugs. HMS Astute is equipped with a modern bow torpedoes able to sink the ships at a distance of 30 miles, as well as missiles "Tomahawk" with a range of over 1,000 miles.
3. The destroyer DDG 1000 class Zumwalt - $ 7 billion
The initial costs of the DDG 1000 destroyer unobtrusive the Zumwalt class, intended to bypass the enemy's defense and all sorts of auxiliary operations, amounted to about 3, 8 billion dollars. However, the ship costs soared nearly doubled since the US Navy staffed with the most modern and high-tech filling. According to some reports, the ship on the enemy radar looks no more than an ordinary fishing boat. USS Zumwalt features an advanced automation system that requires half the crew for steering.
2. HMS Queen Elizabeth - 9, $ 3 billion
HMS Queen Elizabeth - the largest warship of the United Kingdom. Its length is 284 meters and width of 73 meters. The total number of members of the crew of the vessel is 1 600 people. This carrier is able to swim nearly 10,000 nautical miles without having to refuel. Like the aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle", the original budget of the project was significantly less, and eventually grew almost twice. The main costs fell on the improvement of ship automation control, thus reducing the required minimum number of crew members to 679 people. In addition, a number of costs occurred in order fighter bombers F-35B Lightning II, which will be part of the strike group of the aircraft carrier.
1. USS Gerald Ford - $ 13 billion
The most expensive military aircraft carrier in the world, USS Gerald Ford, boasts 337 meters long and almost complete invisibility to radar. This monolithic miracle allows you to make up to 220 takeoff and landing operations per day using two runways and 5000 crew members, which include 4000 marines. Costs for the construction of this giant exceeded expectations by nearly $ 3 billion, compared with the originally planned budget. It was influenced mainly numerous delays and a top-secret installation of modern equipment. When in 2019 the aircraft carrier finally descend to the water, he will be able to perform 25% faster start-up of aircraft and reloading weapons than all of the most effective modern platform similar level.