This is a valid point so i will engage you.Originally Posted by Shipwreck
There was no infrastructure to build an SR-71 either, yet we did....in record time for very reasonable money. And we did it without computers. Some day the USAF will want a starfighter aerospace superiority spaceplane, and we don't have infrastructure for that either. I bet it gets built once the RFP is issued though.
I would assume that a modern BB would use much more modular construction throughout, modern armor plating techniques and materials(composite chobham type, kevlar, DU238, etc, etc- and a lot less of it would be needed when compared to USN Class A or B steel armor) and would employ all the latest CAD design/prototyping so it would not be the same as trying to build one like they built them back in the early 40s(nor would it be the same ship).
The only way we'll ever find out what it would actually cost is if the USN issues an RFP, and that aint happening any time soon. A Nimitz(last i read) was about 5Bn a pop, and has more than double the displacement, and extremely expensive nuclear propulsion. When we consider that we didn't have the infrastructure to build a DD-X(Ie, many of it's systems have never been used before, so are for all intents and purposes they were 'ground up' systems) and see it's cost coming in at around 3bn(again, last i checked) and it's rather large size(it is really a cruiser in everything but name), i figure 5bn is a reasonable guess. Now that DOESN'T MEAN they'd be on time, on target wrt the price tag. Nothing ever is. I am not married to the 5Bn figure at any rate, it's really just a WAG. I could see it going as high as 7bn for a modern new build Iowa, but that's a high end WAG. You wanna split the difference and call it a 6bn pricetag, go for it.