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It depends on a bunch of things.All true
But is a drone going to be closer in cost to and F35 or to a Harpoon?
100 MUSD or 1 MUSD?
I'm betting on the low end of the scale. 2-5 ?
Airframe is just one - there's data bandwidth (which depends if you're using SATCOM or line of sight) cost, and whether there is a ground control station (unlikely for the Kratos ones, so the crewed aircraft have to control it somehow, even if just to give directions to follow it).
Probably other costs too that don't come up for traditional aircraft.
So, while the aircraft itself may be cheap(er), adding those other costs will boost the price per unit.
How much? No idea.