Amazing. Let's also not forget all what this little airframe brings to the warfighter. The amount of innovations it packs could have left it in the low range of availability with no shame at all.
Sure, but it does inspire quite a bit of confidence, to be honest.
...what drones are we talking about?
I'm not sure they have actually attained that cost goal, especially given the still ongoing problems with the engine and other systems (and don't get me started on the unholy mess that is the software!). A lot of dubious accounting and such going on here I fear.@Grey Havoc : Don't forget that the F-35 among other things, has one less engine that is from a generation beyond and far less structural parts.
Many of the parts routinely accessed or damaged during operations are pannels and skin elements made of impregnated CFRP, that once produced in quantity can be deceptively cheap to manufacture, even with tight stealth tolerance standards.
Last but not least, let's not forget that low operatinal cost was part of initial requirements, even if the road to that has not been that easy.