It is impossible to predict with absolute accuracy the cost of any major defence project: if anything can be said with certainty, it is that any official estimate will turn out too low by 50 per cent or 100 per cent, for such is the British and the American experience. For some countries, such as Britain and Canada, buying defence 'hardware' from overseas at fixed prices and pocketing national pride has been seen as preferable to putting money into the seemingly bottomless pit of developing a TSR2, a Blue Streak, or an Avro Arrow. But a country which has decided to obtain a stockpile of nuclear weapons is not likely to have the option of buying them.
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