US Air Force Ordering Up to 18,000 iPad 2 with $9.36 Million Contract

Friday, March 2, 2012
By OP Editor

More adoption of Apple tablet as electronic flight bag.

US Air Force Mobility Command iPad electronic flight bag

U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command just awarded the $9.36 contract today to buy iPad 2.

Military spokeswoman Captain Kathleen Ferrero told Bloomberg:

“‘Aircrews fly nonstop worldwide missions and require access to flight publications both on and off the aircraft, throughout all phases of flight,’ Ferrero said in an e-mail. The so-called electronic flight bags will help crews operate more effectively and safely, and support the Pentagon’s efficiency goals, she said.”

Phoenix-based computer services company Executive Technology Inc. won the contract to supply 32GB iPad 2 Wi-fi:

“The type of iPad the command is buying retails for $599, Ferrero said. The Air Force would buy it at a discount for about $520 a device.”

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[via macrumors]

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2 Responses to “US Air Force Ordering Up to 18,000 iPad 2 with $9.36 Million Contract”

  1. I think this is great, but I kind of wonder what happens if they drop and break the thing, or two, they run out of battery?

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    • 1. Durability: Good case or backup device. It’s also very difficult to break an iPad from seating position.

      2. Battery: they are not running iPad for 10 hour straight, so the battery would keep its charge. Cockpits also have electrical outlet to charge devices.

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