Originally Posted by Tripps
Pretty cool, but $35,000 each? Man, I misspent my life, should have been a defense contractor, LOL.
"Lehner said he expects other nations will try to copy its technology, but it will be very cost-prohibitive."
Plus the cost of the specialized ammo. And whatever costs there are involved in keeping it working in the field. I don't suspect this will be the sort of weapon just every soldier will be field stripping for cleaning/work.
At this point it sounds like they won't be aiming to outfit every soldier with one, but have one per unit. I can see that. Should the technology fail you still have the traditional equipment to support your men, and as long as you can afford it it gives you an unique advantage.
Good to hear about American innovation leading the world, even if it's a very limited application.