The statement assumes a massive cost per unit in the fleet. Something with the cost mentioned even for a simple Star Destroyer is greater than would make sense.
The statement of cost is specious. The Imperator (I) class according to wookiepedia costs 3.88 billion credits. Without an exchange rate, we may never know
As an example, the United States at the end of WWII had built almost 50 carriers capable of carrying about a hundred aircraft each, over a hundred smaller ones from light carriers (50 aircraft) and 'Jeep' carriers (30 aircraft). Yet we now have only eight carrier battle groups with a Nimitz class carrier assigned to six of them. Those cost about a trillion dollars apiece to build, and about 5-6 million a year to maintain ignoring the Carrier Wing assigned, which jumps the cost to about 40 million.
The initial cost of the ship is steep, but as you can see, the cost of upkeep is a pittance in comparison. My original statement show the difference between a wartime economy. Before the Nuclear Enterprise we still had 25 carriers still in service, but reduced that number to allow newer ships to be built, but as I said, along with the Big E, only eight so far.
Last edited by machievelli; 12-15-2009 at 03:37 PM.