US Air Force Ordering Up to 18,000 iPad 2 with $9.36 Million Contract
More adoption of Apple tablet as 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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