I a really stupid move, the Air Force destroyed the tooling used to create the F-22 in order to deliberately make it uneconomical to build more.
“In 2010, USAF initiated a study to determine the costs of retaining F-22 tooling for a future Service Life Extension Program (SLEP). A RAND Corporation paper from this study estimated that restarting production and building an additional 75 F-22s would cost $17 billion, resulting in $227 million per aircraft, or $54 million higher than the flyaway cost. Lockheed Martin stated that restarting the production line itself would cost about $200 million. Production tooling will be documented in illustrated electronic manuals stored at the Sierra Army Depot. Retained tooling will produce additional components; due to the limited production run there are no reserve aircraft, leading to considerable care during maintenance. Later attempts to retrieve this tooling found that the containers were empty.”
If you believe the report in the last sentence. Likely hidden and secret from certain politicos. You don’t lose the tooling for the F-22 Raptor in a secure location like the Sierra Army Depot.
Every person responsible for the tooling destruction should be canned from their gov. job.
"Total non-recurring start-up costs over a five year period totaling $9.869 billion in 2016 dollars, equal to more than $10 billion in 2018 dollars at the time of writing.
"This included approximately $228 million to refurbish production tooling, $1.218 billion to requalify sources of components and raw materials, $5.768 billion to redesign four subsystems, and $1.156 billion in other associated restart costs, along with $1.498 billion in additional government costs."
Please read the article. It concludes:
"But judging by the report itself, which underlines over and over again that any dollars put toward F-22s could be taken from the F-35 program - both in terms of foreign and domestic procurement - this is unlikely to occur."
After production is complete shouldn't the military hold the tooling?