Forget the legendary military absurd costs of $640 toilet seats, $660 ashtrays, $7,600 coffee-makers, and $74,000 ladders. They’re getting it right on this one: Xbox controllers to operate periscopes on attack submarines.
True, they’re less sturdy and may not last as long. But at about $30 each, the Navy can afford to keep a case of them on board every sub. They’ll replace the current Lockheed-Martin control, which costs $38,000 each, and do the job just as well. Besides, there’s little training required, compared to the current controller, because who hasn’t used an Xbox controller?
Makes dollars and cents to me.