The New Air Force One Refrigerators Will Cost Almost $24 Million
Jan 27, 2018, 16:48
It's not clear where Trump got the $4bn figure; at the time Boeing had a $170m contract to begin work on the next Air Force One.
The Air Force announced past year that it had finalized a deal to purchase two already-built aircraft from Boeing to serve as the next generation of Air Force One, flying future presidents around the world for decades to come.
Five such chillers cool 26 climate-controlled compartments, the Air Force says, according to Weisgerber.
As president-elect, Trump trashed Boeing's stock by attacking on Twitter the high-priced Air Force One program.
Air Force One needs new refrigerators, an upgrade that will cost taxpayers almost $24 million. Current refrigerators on the plane date to 1990.
Despite undergoing maintenance, the fridges' reliability has declined, and they are now unable to support those mission requirements, an Air Force spokesperson said. The $24 million contract will cover the costs of engineering support services for the new chillers - including prototype design, manufacturing and installation, according to the DOD contract.
Defense One notes that though the astronomical sum may seem like price-gouging by the aircraft manufacturer, it's in fact the complex requirements instated by the White House Military Office and the Air Force that require such a pricey job. Those costs are included in the total price.
Aboulafia said the refrigerators, and many other items on the aircraft, are so expensive because they are they are unique to Air Force One and not used on commercial or business jets.
"Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion", Trump tweeted. The planes in question were built for a Russian airline that went defunct before it could take delivery. That contract is separate from the arrangement between Boeing and the Air Force for upkeep of the current Air Force One fleet.
In August 2017, the Air Force said that it wouldn't mandate the new planes have in-flight refuelling systems, in order to cut costs. "I think we might need to revisit that decision here on Capitol Hill", Arkansas Republican Sen.
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