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How much did the M777 howitzer PROGRAM cost?
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I am curious about this. So, we all know how much an individual unit costs.

But what I want to know is, how much did the program to do the research, development, testing, prototyping, manufacturing (making the factories etc) cost???

I could not find any information about this.

It does not have to be this one, for any howitzer program such as the Indian Dhanush 155mm howitzer would be fine.

Even a ball-park figure would be good enough. Like, what if a country wants to create it's own 155mm howitzer. How much will the government have to invest for this?



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I don't think you will find that sort of cost information unless you are an insider with BAE. The US Government does make an attempt to record their own cost as you have described for internal projects but when it comes to something like the Triple-Seven, that is a BAE product. I think you will only see the purchase cost unless BAE were to hand over their reasearch & Deveoplment (R&D) cost information. That would be extremely unlikely because a competitor could use this cost information to better calculate what BAE could bid on the next Request for Proposal (RFP) and try to beat it in their own RFP response. Private companies are very careful not to let this sort of information out and cover the problem of employees leaving, retiring, being hired by a competitor, etc by having them sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) as soon as you became a part of a project and can read company emails, cost estimates, testing data, etc






-- Edited by Ralph Lovett on Saturday 13th of June 2020 03:49:08 PM

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Some do give the information. The F-35 page for example has the program cost for the project.

Program cost US$428.4 billion (through 2044 in then-year dollars), $1,196.4B for operations & sustainment (through 2077 in then-year dollars) (2019 estimate)[5]

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Martin_F-35_Lightning_II



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But does that program cost detail out the R&D cost or is it just totals with no specifics?  Plus, much of the existing infrastructure within BAE (M777) or Locked Martin (F35) has already long been paid for by previous projects.  That cost will not be rolled into the cost of a new system.  For example, if the company already has a machine shop and skilled machinist, they are not going to have to go and purchase that capability just for a new project.  However, if it is skill/capability they do not have they must pay for it or partner with a firm that can provide that in the response to the RFP.  

 

I will also say, Landships is not the right forum to be talking about post-WW1 Artillery or other technology     





-- Edited by Ralph Lovett on Saturday 13th of June 2020 06:17:53 PM

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