US Costs in Libya Hit 'Hundreds of Millions' Quickly

Those Tomahawks are at least $1 million apiece

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 24, 2011 2:55 PM CDT

(Newser) – So how much does the Libya intervention cost? The AP tries to nail down some specifics:

  • The US fired about 160 Tomahawk missiles, and those cost somewhere between $1 million and $1.5 million apiece.
  • B-2 bombers flying round-trip from Missouri have logged 25 hours of flying time, with the operating cost for one hour at $10,000.
  • The F-15 fighter jet that crashed cost at least $75 million.

We're "easily" in the hundreds-of-millions range right off the bat, writes Donna Cassata, and that's not factoring in the cost of keeping 11 ships in the Mediterranean, combat pay for troops, spare parts, fuel, etc. She puts the total cost at "upward of $1 billion." Click to read how the same nations shelling Gadhafi were selling him weapons not too long ago.

The USS Stout launches a Tomahawk missile in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn March 19, 2011.
The USS Stout launches a Tomahawk missile in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn March 19, 2011.   (Getty Images)
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