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Cost disparity between Japanese and US military hardware

Cost disparity between Japanese and US military hardware

With Japan scaling back its defense budget, it is important to understand how the country spends its money. One of the areas often forgotten by general observers is the sheer cost at which Japan purchases its hardware. Japan pursues an informal policy of building whatever it can within the country, either through domestic research and...

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2010 Defense Budget: The Big Cost of Small (and Not So Small) Arms

2010 Defense Budget: The Big Cost of Small (and Not So Small) Arms

These numbers are taken from the 2010 Defense budget located here (2.2 Mb PDF.) SiG 220 handgun: 1,004 @ ¥200,000,000 ($1,992 USD each) Cost of U.S. Equivalent: SiG 226, U.S. civilian market, $816.00* (2010)   Type 89 Rifle: 10,012 @ ¥2,800,000,000 ($2,796 each) Cost of U.S. Equivalent: M16A4 Rifle, $784.00 (2010)   M700 Anti-Personnel Sniper...

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