You knew this would happen eventually: The F-22′s program acquisition cost and its numerical designation are roughly in synch.
The US Air Force wants to extend the F-22 production line one year past its scheduled closure date at the end of fiscal year 2010.
I asked the USAF to tell me how much it would cost. One week later, the response is: $526 million in fiscal year 2009 and $3.892 billion in fiscal year 2010.
That adds up to $4.418 billion for 20 aircraft, or exactly $220.9 million per copy, including spares, overhead, etc.
I also think it’s interesting that the F-22 and the C-17 each cost about $220 million.