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

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

According to a report in United States national security publication Defense One, American taxpayers will foot the enormous bill for Air Force One's new refrigerators, fulfilling the requirement to feed passengers and crew for weeks without having to resupply. According to Defense One, they have to be able to store about 3,000 meals for weeks, without restocking.

The current refrigerators have not been updated since 1990, when the two aircraft were introduced. "It's not getting people rich".

The Air Force awarded Boeing a contract to replace two "chillers", or refrigerators, on Air Force One.

She added that while Air Force One is regularly maintained, there have been increasing failures with the chillers due to "hot/humid environments".

The new refrigerator units will have almost 70 cubic feet of storage space, she said.

The Defense Department sent out a notice in late December explaining that Boeing "has been awarded a $23,657,671 contract for engineering support services for VC-25A G12/G13 chillers, including prototype design, manufacture/procurement, installation, and the testing of one prototype".

"The units were based on the technology at the time and designed for short-term food storage", the statement said. Work related to the upgrade will be carried out in Oklahoma City, San Antonio and other cities, and the work is expected to be done by the end of October 2019, the contract stated.

President Donald Trump exits Air Force One after arriving at the Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida, on February 17.

"During worldwide trips, chillers in the belly of Air Force One keep food for daily meals fresh", ABC News reported.

When he was running for president, Trump bragged he would swap out Air Force One with his private stream and has been wildly incredulous of the cost of the new Air Force One program before, expressing "costs are crazy" and "scratch off request!" in a December 2016 tweet. And the Air Force can't exactly get them off the rack - the fridges have to be specially created to fit the highly modified airplane and withstand special testing.

Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told Defense One in an email that some of the equipment on board is in need of replacement because of decreasing performance.

President Trump has previously criticised the costs associated with the plane.