As well as the sheer speed with which Beijing is able to acquire new weapons, Holt contends, the Chinese are also operating far more efficiently. “In purchasing power parity, they spend about one dollar to our 20 dollars to get to the same capability,” he told his audience. “We are going to lose if we can’t figure out how to drop the cost and increase the speed in our defense supply chains,” Holt added.
This is interesting.
If he is talking about the latest Long Range Hypersonic Weapon being procured by the Army and Navy.
In the production contracts for the next 5 years, the cost per missile is respectively $106 Million and $89 Million . I assume the difference is mostly due to a ground-launched rocket booster stage for the Army.
Anyway, 20x cheaper would mean the Chinese equivalent missile (the DF-17?) is only $5 Million, which sounds plausible.
I also see a figure of $46 Million for the Air Force ARRW.
20x cheaper would mean $2-3 Million for the Chinese equivalent, which sounds too low to me.
And I don't think China has an equivalent for the ARRW, as they would just go with a ground-launch instead.