The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Cost Study Project was completed in August 1998 and resulted in the book Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940 edited by Stephen I. Schwartz. These project pages should be considered historical.
A B-2A bomber releases a test version of the new B61-11 gravity bomb over the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada, November 20, 1996
The B-2A Stealth bomber is the Air Force’s newest strategic bomber. Based at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, it can carry two types of nuclear gravity bombs and is being modified to carry conventional munitions. At an average cost of $2.595 billion (including research, development, and acquisition costs, in 1996 dollars), the B-2A is the most expensive bomber ever built (the plane is worth more than five times its weight in gold). Ten aircraft are currently deployed (21 are to be built).
Credit: Sandia National Laboratories