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U.S. Air Force planning to outfit pilots with up to 18 000 tablets, Apple sales clerks tasting a huge bonus

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U.S. Air Force planning to outfit pilots with up to 18 000 tablets, Apple sales clerks tasting a huge bonus
The U.S. Air Mobility Command has reportedly issued Request for Proposals for tablet devices which to replace the 40-pound bag of maps and charts that the pilots carry with them.

The Command's RFP allegedly states that it wants to buy between 63 and up to 18, 000 "iPad 2, Brand name or Equal devices". Don't ask us why the wide number range, it might be a typo, or in the worst case scenarios, Captain Kathleen Ferrero, the spokesperson for the Command, and the administrative heads, just want to outfit themselves with new slates.

We kid, but if the maximum order goes for 18, 000 iPad 2s in the end, this will probably be the largest tablet computer purchase of the Pentagon, and we are sure now that some government sales clerks in Cupertino are grinning with delight, tasting a huge bonus.

source: Bloomberg

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posted on 13 Feb 2012, 06:54 1

1. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it says they can use any tablet, it just happens to use the ipad as the first example. Besides, android devices have been cleared for military use, apple hasnt. They can also use that android 3d navigation to umm.. help them keep from landing planes near big buildings. lol

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 08:03

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5614; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


No FIPS certification for the iPad is going to be a bit of a problem....

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 08:15

3. twashington4 (Posts: 81; Member since: 24 May 2010)


I'm sure FIPS certification would be ironed out in time for the Air Force to sign the contract to Apple. I can't see Apple passing up a big payday. Thanks, Apple for leeching our cash-strapped government.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 12:12

13. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


Like the one they already passed up to the US Military?

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 08:22

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5614; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The biggest hurdle for Apple getting FIPS certification is supply chain vulnerability - too many of the iPad's components are made in the PRC. Moving manufacture out of PRC would adversely impact Apple's margins. Bit of a dilemma for Apple.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 08:47 1

9. becazican (Posts: 52; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


I really dont understand why the u s military would order anything from a company who doesnt give a s**t about the job market here. they get their parts using basically slave labor in china. out of 700,000 jobs only 20 thousand are in the united states. if you cant find a job here thank companies like apple.

p s i was a big apple fan until these figures came to light

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 10:43 2

10. dreammixer (banned) (Posts: 81; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Dude that's every company. Clothes are made outside the US. ALL electronics companies manufacture outside the US. Call centers and on and on.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 14:38

14. Pings (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


The US military and the DOD are going Dell (Android) not Apple...

U.S. Air Force planning to outfit pilots with up to 18 000 tablets "iPad 2, Brand name or Equal devices" I bet money they are going Android. For the same reason the DOD and our combat troops are getting Android.

It wouldn't make sense to have the US military and the DOD on Android. Then the US Air Force on Apple. Plus Apple's security is the worst in the computer world (pwn2own). On top of that iPhone/iPad apps are less stable than Android's. I can just see it now on some super imporant mission. Some dude needs some crucial information in a set amount of time, as he pulls out his iPad launches the app and it crashes...

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 16:58

20. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


Plus, US Military and US Air Force are the same thing. Well, USAF is just a branch of US Military, but you get what I'm saying. And it's true, why give the Air Force iPad's and the rest of the Military Android? That would be the biggest clusterf**k of all time.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 11:20 1

11. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


that's good news. maybe now I can use my tablet on the plane as well

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 11:53

12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5614; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


That will be the interesting thing.... If tablets on the flight deck are fine all of the time, why aren't they allowed in the passenger cabin all of the time?

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 14:45

15. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it will probably be put in some kind of anti-signal interference enclosure.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 16:05

16. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5614; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The photo at the top of the article was taken (I believe) from a promotional piece about either American United or Delta using iPads on the flight deck. The photo appears to show an iPad in one of the cases that are sold by Apple retail stores. If that is the circumstance (no special shielding), it would appear to question the claim of interference with flight systems....

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 16:06

17. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yea, but in the promo picture, they are clearly on the ground.. lol. doesnt disprove anything :) I dont think it does either. maybe its if there is a bunch of devices on. because i doubt 1 does much of anything.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 16:13

18. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5614; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


You might have a point with a number of devices being on, but aren't the newer planes going to some sort of optical network? More and more planes are completely fly-by-wire, with no direct connection to the pilot.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 16:15

19. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i dunno that much about the future of flight :) learning to fly is still a ways off for me.. lol

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