Libya Intervention: Costs & Figures

ABC News30.03.2011 Libya
Libya Intervention: Costs & Figures

Libya Intervention: Costs & Figures

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Figures from the Pentagon revealed that the first week of international military intervention in Libya has cost the US at least $600 million.

U.S. ships and submarines in the Mediterranean have launched at least 191 Tomahawk cruise missiles from their arsenals, costing $268.8 million, the Pentagon added.

The number of Tomahawk missiles used in Libya has started to approach the number used in the 1991 Gulf War, the first conflict in which they were deployed. In that conflict, some 297 missiles were used.

U.S. warplanes have dropped 455 precision guided bombs, costing tens of thousands of dollars each.

A downed Air Force F-15E fighter jet will cost more than $60 million to replace.

And operation of ships and aircraft, guzzling ever-more-expensive fuel to maintain their positions off the Libyan coast and in the skies above, could reach millions of dollars a week, experts say.


Sources: ABC News; AFP




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