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There are still many unknowns, but not least what the final plane will look like from it, and especially the price. There are no official costs yet, but Justin Bronk, defense analyst at the Royal United Services Institute brainstorm, estimates it will likely cost at least £ 25 billion. “The country can afford to develop its own fighter jet if it is a political, industrial, economic ambition,” he said. ‘What I would question is whether defense can afford it as part of it [its] equipment program?