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housecat

(3,119 posts)
Sun Jan 1, 2023, 06:49 PM Jan 2023

I might not be in the right place, so please direct me to the right forum

About how much does a Russian or Iranian drone cost, and how much does it cost to shoot one down. I could be wrong, but I am thinking the American weapon that shoots the drone is very expensive and might be overkill for a cheap drone

Happy New Year!

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I might not be in the right place, so please direct me to the right forum (Original Post) housecat Jan 2023 OP
I don't know how expenseive the drone is, but the damage the drones cause is incalculable. femmedem Jan 2023 #1
No question that the cost of saving lives and cities is small compared to the benefit. housecat Jan 2023 #12
Isn't the question "What are several more innocent Ukrainian civilian lives worth?" rather than Atticus Jan 2023 #2
Every Ukranian life -- civilian, military, visitor--is invaluable. My question is simply can it housecat Jan 2023 #13
Combat drones are not cheap. They are not anything like those little hobby or photo drones; Ocelot II Jan 2023 #3
From what I understand, Iranian drones are less sophisticated and less costly than American-made. housecat Jan 2023 #14
Russia is on the "winning side" of the "cost imposition curve," Goonch Jan 2023 #4
The cost of shooting them down is balanced against the amount of damage they can do, Ocelot II Jan 2023 #5
Financial toll on Ukraine of downing drones 'vastly exceeds Russian costs' Goonch Jan 2023 #6
By costs I mean civilian deaths and property damage, not just the financial costs Ocelot II Jan 2023 #7
Absolutelty! But there are misseles and there are missiles able to do the job housecat Jan 2023 #10
Of course! But I'd rather have many that can do the job than fewer that also cost more housecat Jan 2023 #9
Thank you. That is what I wanted to know. housecat Jan 2023 #11
Thank you Goonch. You answered my question. I wasn't suggesting that we withhold necessary missiles, housecat Jan 2023 #15
Planted demoralizing meme? bucolic_frolic Jan 2023 #8
What does that mean? housecat Jan 2023 #16

femmedem

(8,159 posts)
1. I don't know how expenseive the drone is, but the damage the drones cause is incalculable.
Sun Jan 1, 2023, 06:54 PM
Jan 2023

The damage to infrastructure, buildings and human lives is certainly worth preventing.

Happy New Year to you, too, housecat.

(This is probably a general discussion forum question.)

housecat

(3,119 posts)
12. No question that the cost of saving lives and cities is small compared to the benefit.
Sun Jan 1, 2023, 08:44 PM
Jan 2023

Whatever it takes to stop this horrific invasion and aave a nation must be done. However, I believe it can be done more efficiently, with weapons that do the job and are less costly.

(Thanks, I will look at the general discussion forum. I'm new here)

Atticus

(15,124 posts)
2. Isn't the question "What are several more innocent Ukrainian civilian lives worth?" rather than
Sun Jan 1, 2023, 06:55 PM
Jan 2023

"How much does a Russian drone cost?"

housecat

(3,119 posts)
13. Every Ukranian life -- civilian, military, visitor--is invaluable. My question is simply can it
Sun Jan 1, 2023, 08:56 PM
Jan 2023

be done better. Can we send Ukraine good drone killing missiles that are less costly, so Ukrainians can use more of them to shoot down more drones. I am concerned that some Republican nitwits will use the new Congress to cut costs.

Ocelot II

(114,527 posts)
3. Combat drones are not cheap. They are not anything like those little hobby or photo drones;
Sun Jan 1, 2023, 06:56 PM
Jan 2023

they are pretty big, some the size of manned airplanes; they carry weapons and contain sophisticated electronics, and can cost millions. The cost of shooting them down is balanced against the significant danger they pose.

housecat

(3,119 posts)
14. From what I understand, Iranian drones are less sophisticated and less costly than American-made.
Sun Jan 1, 2023, 09:02 PM
Jan 2023

I believe they can be shot down by missiles that cost less than the ones you speak of.

Goonch

(3,529 posts)
4. Russia is on the "winning side" of the "cost imposition curve,"
Sun Jan 1, 2023, 07:03 PM
Jan 2023

- since the Shahed-series drones appear to cost about $20,000 each, whereas air-to-air missiles or ground-based interceptors cost between $400,000 and $1.2 million each. The Shahed 129 is capable of combat and reconnaissance missions and has an endurance of 24 hours; it is similar in size, shape and role to the American MQ-1 Predator drone.

Ocelot II

(114,527 posts)
5. The cost of shooting them down is balanced against the amount of damage they can do,
Sun Jan 1, 2023, 07:09 PM
Jan 2023

not the cost of the drones themselves.

Ocelot II

(114,527 posts)
7. By costs I mean civilian deaths and property damage, not just the financial costs
Sun Jan 1, 2023, 07:21 PM
Jan 2023

of missiles v. drones. Evidently the Ukrainians think it's worth spending more money to shoot down the drones to protect their citizens and cities. How much are those lives worth?

housecat

(3,119 posts)
10. Absolutelty! But there are misseles and there are missiles able to do the job
Sun Jan 1, 2023, 08:27 PM
Jan 2023

Last edited Sun Jan 1, 2023, 09:13 PM - Edit history (1)

It is not a question of what a life is worth; it is a question of intercepting drones with a missile that is less costly. The money is also tied to the new Congress and the nitwits who shoot before even looking at a target (bad metaphor). We need to get more bang for the bucks (sorry about that).

housecat

(3,119 posts)
15. Thank you Goonch. You answered my question. I wasn't suggesting that we withhold necessary missiles,
Sun Jan 1, 2023, 09:06 PM
Jan 2023

just that we use less expensive ones.

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