The total price tag for the program, which includes just two aircraft, has leaped by nearly a third to $5.3B
March 25, 2019 - by Tyler Rogoway for thedrive.com
The total price tag for the program, which includes just two aircraft, has leaped by nearly a third to $5.3B.
Few defense programs have gotten as much attention in recent years as the Air Force One replacement program. This is mainly due to President Trump's persistent claims about directly working a deal with Boeing for the aircraft that would save huge sums of money. These assertions have repeatedly proven to be hollow and now it is becoming clear that the program's price tag has actually leaped considerably.
Marcus Weisgerber of Defense One has done an outstanding job on keeping on top of the ever-morphing Air Force One replacement program.
In his latest piece, he notes that the entire program cost, which includes infrastructure projects and a bevy on ancillary items, is now pegged at a whopping $5.3B.
This is roughly a third more than the figure the Air Force has touted in the past for the program. But what's even more concerning is that the cost of the planes themselves and the conversion of them into militarized VC-25Bs, now stands at $4.68B.
This is approximately $780 million more than the long-standing program cost estimate of around $3.9B that the Air Force had routinely given out to the public...