From cleaning up big environmental blunders to decsions that lead to a big waste of money, here are most expensuve military mistakes.
12. Blue Devil Airship
Known for being one of the US’s recently scrapped projects, the blue devil airship was set to be a bizarre looking blimp the size of a football field for use in Afghanistan. About 7 times larger than a goodyear blimp, It was designed to steal data and spy on people from 4 miles up in the sky. It had doesn’t of video systems which would be used for scoping out targets during the day and at night. It was considered to be a wide-area airborne surveillance system and the government invested a whopping 211 million dollars into the project. Technical problems kept showing up with overweight tailfins and the expectations of the cameras that were supposed to be equipped were far below what they wanted. In June of 2011, the project was sold back to the contractor for 1/1000 of the price.
11. Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle
The expeditionary fighting vehicle was an unconventional amphibious assault vehicle built for the US Marine corps that would have rivaled the US abrams tank for mobility and agility. It could also equipe 17 soldiers and a 7 man crew making it a formidable transport vehicle. It was designed to also detonate underwater mines and clear the way for bigger ships that would follow their lead. It didn’t turn out to be quite so revolutionary in the end and the cost per unit would reach 22 million dollars each. Several prototypes rolled off the assembly line with reliability issues and they needed constant maintenance. For every 4 hours of operation, it would require at least one hour of maintenance which just wasn’t efficient enough. More affordable options were considered and the secretary of defense announced the cancelling of the project in January of 2011. By then, the amount spent already reached $3.3 billion making it a big money waster. .
10. Agent Orange Vietnam
Agent orange was used in a herbicidal warfare program Vietnam conflict by the US military and has destroyed countless acres of land and ruined lives long after it was used. It contains one of deadliest chemicals that occurs in nature but can be produced in larger quantities a production facility. Also created by Monsanto, this is one of the reasons why people don’t trust gmo’s and pesticides created by this company. The Red Cross claims the effects of this toxin has resulted in serious birth defects from Children in Central and Southern Vietnam. Agent orange was banned by the US and in 1971 the stockpile was destroyed on a remote island 700 miles south of Hawaii. Since it was sprayed in so many places, in still gets in the food of unfortunate Vietnamese people to this day. The environmental impacts are also quite unsettling when you take a look at this forest east of Saigon. It’s also hard to put a price on this mistake but lawsuits, and clean up efforts have easily cost over 100’s of millions worth in damage from around the world.
9. Alenia C-27J Spartan
Even though the americans have dozens of different transport planes, they decided to invest quite a bit of dough in planes that would be able to land on unpaved areas and on shorter runways the Hercules. After about 18 or so of these were originally built, but the air force basically just decided that they no longer needed or wanted them. With each one costing about 32 million dollars each, it almost just seems like too big of an investment to just give up on. Pretty much as soon as the delivery for the order of the planes arrived, they were shipped off to the arizona desert for storage meaning 600 million dollars totally went to waste. It’s believed that in an attempt to create jobs in ohio, a contractor pushed the military who didn’t really even want them. The US has made some attempts to sell them to other countries
8. Missing Greenland Nukes
In 1968, the USA agreed to beef up their military presence on the nearly inhospitable landmass known as greenland. We felt as though the soviets would possibly strike this location first, due to its strategic location in the northeast. B-52 commonly patrolled the sky, ready to demolish multiple cities if asked to do so. No one knows for sure why it crashed but the bomber crashed off the coast into the Baffin bay and once again, everything went missing including 4 hydrogen bombs. The USA officials had claimed to have found the weapons and demolished them however, according to declassified documents that’s not the case! While we do have proof the pilot was okay, the wmd’s not so much. Trying to look the misplaced wmd’s in the frigid and dark conditions of the arctic was certainly no easy task. While some of the wreckage was recovered in operation chrome dome, it’s still believed one complete hydrogen bomb was not recovered. Danish citizens who worked at thule were also granted compensation after many were diagnosed with cancer.