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Old September 20th, 2017   #166
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Half of annual GDP over a decade is 5% a year, which is high, but not impossibly so. It's not grossly out of line with spending on military equipment in some high-spending countries. Israel used to spend that much, for example.

But yes, the estimates of what things may cost are very often far too high. The Typhoon sale, for example, was still being reported as costing what newspapers had guessed at, after the (much lower) contract value had been published.
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Old October 4th, 2017   #167
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From post # 165,

"The problem with inflating publicly available pricing data the way the current arms sale process does is that it can inflame opposition in purchasing countries because the size of transactions is so exaggerated. In other words, deals become harder to do because the locals get sticker shock."

There is no better example of the above than Canada's fighter replacement debacle.
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