Defense industry experts have said the new amphibious assault vessel that Turkey plans to acquire would probably cost over $800 million.

“This is definitely going to be one of the biggest ever price tags for any naval program for a single platform,” a source familiar with the program said. “Any final cost between $800 million and $1 billion would be reasonable.”

A London-based defense specialist and an Ankara-based expert agreed that the final cost may come close to $900 million. […]