U.S. Air Force To Buy Up To 18,000 iPads

U.S. Air Force To Buy Up To 18,000 iPads

The U.S. Air Force has been awarded a $9.36 million to buy up to 18,000 iPads. They will be used for navigation and as digital flight manuals.

It’s one of the military’s largest orders of tablets.

The Air Force joins civilian airlines in the use of iPads to replace hefty manuals and charts. Both American Airlines and Alaska started using iPads as “electronic flight bags.”

The Air Force will be buying up to 18,000 32GB iPad 2s, depending on funding.

“That doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll purchase all 18,000,” said Captain Kathleen Ferrero, a military spokeswoman. “It’s contingent upon funding requests and approval.”

The Air Force is already evaluating 63 iPad 2s.

Apple beat out 24 proposals from other companies. The military wasn’t particularly looking at the iPad, and based its decision partly on the lowest price, Ferrero said.

Bloomberg: Air Force Gives $9 Million Award for as Many as 18,000 IPads

Via iMore.

  • paul191

    Haven’t they heard, the new one comes out next week! Idiots!!

  • markrlangston

    Never thought I’d see the day when Apple was the less expensive than their competitors. 

  • RonBlatto

    I’m a contracting Officer in the USAF.  Based on my experience, Apple wasn’t the lowest priced offeror.  The article says “partly on lowest priced”.  That tells me it was probably a Lowest Priced Technically Acceptable (LPTA) solicitation.  The competition had to be technically acceptable before price was even considered.  Once the Technically Acceptable offers are set aside, they give it to the lowest priced offeror.  I haven’t seen this solicitation but I’m positive, no Kindle Fires, or anybody stood a chance in passing Technical Acceptability.  It was probably crafted for the iPad to win.

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  • Jiarong Lau

    haha ye… maybe Apple’s selling the iPad 2s are a big discount?! lol

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    LectureTools would be a great product to use with iPads in the Air Force! 

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