They're more than $13 billion apiece, and I believe that doesn't include the aircraft.If that's how they price a warship, how chuffing expensive are the Ford-class in reality?
The Americans are apparently doing a review of their carrier fleet and are thinking of not buying any more than 4 Fords. This was in early March of this year.
Navy may not buy any more Ford-class supercarriers, acting Navy secretary says
The complaint is that they are too expensive and put too many eggs in one basket, limiting deployment flexibility.
Various sources are suggesting that what is needed is something as big or bigger than an amphibious assault ship, but smaller than their existing carriers, and optimised for VSTOL aircraft such as the F-35B is the way to go. One version of that sounds vaguely familiar.He lamented the cost of the Ford-class carriers, the first of which has topped $13 billion, as well as the increased vulnerability of Navy carriers as adversarial powers develop more capable weapons.
"I think we agree with a lot of conclusions that [carriers are] more vulnerable," Modly said, adding that "we are developing all kinds of things to make it less vulnerable, but it still is a big target."
"And it doesn't give you that distribution," he said.
Richard Spencer, the former Navy secretary, said in October that smaller flattops like amphibious assault ships, which the Navy and the Marine Corps have been outfitting with F-35Bs to create experimental "Lightning carriers," were one "great" option.
Breaking Defense suggested that future carriers might be smaller than the large Ford-class supercarriers but would still be larger than an amphibious assault ship.