Washington (CNN)Air Force One is primed to get an upgrade that will consist of brand-new fridges anticipated to cost American taxpayers almost $24 million.
“The present back lower lobe cold chiller systems being changed are the initial business devices provided with the airplane in 1990. The systems were based upon the innovation at the time and developed for short-term food storage,” Air Force representative Ann Stefanek informed CNN.
“Although serviced regularly, dependability has actually reduced with failures increasing, specifically in hot/humid environments. The systems are not able to efficiently support objective requirements for food storage,” she stated.
Defense One highlighted the expense of the chillers previously today.
Due to that Air Force One is a distinctive airplane, much of its elements need special screening by the Federal Aviation Administration and the expense of the screening is consisted of in the rate of the part, in this case fridges. The $24 million agreement will cover the expenses of engineering assistance services for the brand-new chillers– consisting of model setup, style and production, inning accordance with the DOD agreement.
“The systems and associated airplane structural adjustments are being specifically created to supply almost 70 cubic feet of temperature-controlled (refrigeration/freezer) storage to support on-board workers for a prolonged time period, without needing to restock while abroad,” Stefanek informed CNN.
“The engineering needed to develop, make, perform ecological screening and get Federal Aviation Administration accreditation are consisted of in the expense,” she stated.
Former senior consultant to President Barack Obama Eric Schultz buffooned the high cost in a tweet on Friday, stating, “we would have been impeached.”
The Boeing refrigerator agreement isn’t really the very first time an administration has actually come under fire for the high expense of military airplane upgrades– the Obama administration was pressed to scuttle strategies to develop a brand-new fleet of governmental helicopters in 2009 after reports emerged that they cost a minimum of $11 billion.
When he was running for president, Trump boasted he would switch out Air Force One with his personal jet and has actually been increasingly crucial of the expense of the brand-new Air Force One program in the past, mentioning “expenses run out control” and “cancel order!” in a December 2016 tweet.
But considering that taking workplace, Trump– like his predecessors– has actually taken a trip aboard the Boeing-made VC-25 airplane, the most recent variation which went into service in 1990.
The Air Force revealed in 2015 that it had actually completed an offer to acquire 2 already-built airplane from Boeing to work as the next generation of Air Force One, flying future presidents worldwide for years to come. That agreement is different from the plan in between Boeing and the Air Force for maintenance of the existing Air Force One fleet.