Published: Mon, January 29, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

The New Air Force One Refrigerators Will Cost Almost $24 Million

The New Air Force One Refrigerators Will Cost Almost $24 Million

US President Donald Trump called costs for Air Force One "out of control" and threatened to "cancel order" for the future Air Force One in December 2016. According to Defense One, they have to be able to store about 3,000 meals for weeks, without restocking.

The Air Force also said "the engineering required to design, manufacture, conduct environmental testing and obtain Federal Aviation Administration certification" were all included in the cost cited. However, it's not an instance of a private company getting a plump government contract, for Air Force One has some serious cooling needs.

One reason the refrigerators cost so much is that Air Force One is a heavily modified and customized 747 jets, according to Defense One.

The Boeing cooler contract isn't the first run through an organization has experienced harsh criticism for the high cost of military aircraft updates - the Obama organization was forced to leave intends to fabricate another armada of presidential helicopters in 2009 after reports developed that they cost at any rate $11 billion.

Charlotte Clymer complained and said: "Let me put this in perspective: "The DoD estimates that $8 million is the total annual cost for transgender service members' healthcare". "Although serviced on a regular basis, reliability has decreased with failures increasing".

"It's not a contractor issue, it is a requirements issue,"Aboulafia told Defense One".

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"The units were based on the technology at the time and designed for short-term food storage", the statement said.

"Trump is spending $24 million on a new fridge for Air Force One".

The Boeing company was awarded the contract for the overhaul in December, with the work to be completed in October, 2019.

As president-elect, Trump trashed Boeing's stock by attacking on Twitter the high-priced Air Force One program.

Air Force One is not merely a transport plane but a three-deck, 4,000-sq-ft mobile command centre, hardened against electromagnetic attack and with secure communication facilities and a medical bay.

In any case, since taking office, Trump - like his ancestors - has gone on board the Boeing-made VC-25 aircraft, the most recent adaptation of which entered benefit in 1990.

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