Thursday, September 25, 2014

U.S. attack on Syria has already cost more than India's mission to Mars

Fears of a potent Syrian air defense system drove the U.S. Air Force to send its silver bullet force of F-22 Raptor stealth fighters into battle for the first time ever. ...

But the Raptors’ first mission wasn’t cheap. Together, the missiles and airstrikes cost at least $79 million to pull off, according to a Daily Beast tally.

That's more expensive than India's mission to Mars, which was successfully completed Wednesday at a cost of just $74 million.
--Dave Majumdar, Daily Beast, on two very different ways to spend $79 million. HT: Chris Blattman