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

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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16 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

3. twashington4

Posts: 81; Member since: May 24, 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.

13. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

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

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

9. becazican

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 09, 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

10. dreammixer

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

14. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 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...

20. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 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.

11. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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?

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

16. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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....

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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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