The New Refrigerators for Air Force One Are Insanely Expensive. Here’s Why

January 26, 2018, 2:12 PM UTC

Air Force One needs new refrigerators — and they’re going to cost all of us $24 million dollars, according to a new report.

Taxpayers will be on the hook for a $23.7 million Boeing contract awarded in December for new “chillers,” Defense One reports.

“The Air Force requires that the current air chillers in the G12 and G13 galleys be modified with new cold food stowage to improve reliability and maintainability,” a contract notice from the Defense Department states.

According to Defense One, the costly price tag is not due to unfair negotiations by Boeing, but rather the result of “bespoke equipment requirements put in place by the White House Military Office and the Air Force.”

Air Force One serves as a mobile command center for the president and must be able to carry enough food for weeks in the event of an emergency. That means the jet’s refrigerators need to be able to store about 3,000 meals to feed passengers and crew in case the plane cannot land to resupply.