In our recent discussion on maritime patrol the subject of Australia’s purchase of the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft came up. The subject of its cost came up and there was some confusion as to what exactly was the cost of them, did it include bell A and whistle B and did the cost include hangars, runways, drainage ditches and the maintainers toilet facilities :)
Another source might throw some light on the subject.
Defence Aerospace has a very interesting article on the German Euro Hawk SIGINT version of the Triton, called the RQ-4E, click here to read it in full.
Without going too deep into that rather dire piece of procurement buffonery it mentions the cost of three Triton aircraft;
The initial cost estimate of the US Navy from May 2014 for three Tritons, including all operationally necessary system components, such as e.g. ground station, is $648 million [600 million euros] (not including import sales tax and customs duties)
Which with a quick conversion courtesy of Uncle Google;
This was excluding the SIGINT payload.
It would also seem the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) is also in a spot of bother.
They do have some nice videos though
And here is one of a manned system, doing the business.