Air Force goes ruggedized

Laptops to support 18 reserve sites, four special ops sites

The Air Force recently ordered nearly a thousand ruggedized laptop computers from Telos Corp. for use in aircraft maintenance operations, the company announced Jan. 3.

The Air Force Reserve Command and the Air Force Special Operations Command placed task orders worth $4.3 million for the laptop PCs through Network Centric Solutions and a Network Enterprise Technology Command contract.

The orders call for Telos to resell 585 General Dynamics Itronix Corp. ruggedized laptop PCs to the Air Force Reserve Command for use at 18 sites in the United States and 289 laptops to the Air Force Special Operations Command for use at four of its sites: Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.; Kadena Air Base, Japan; and RAF Mildenhall, England.

Aircraft maintenance technicians on flight lines and in hangars will use the laptop PCs, which will be linked to bases' networks via a secure wireless local-area network that Telos designed and installed, according to the company.

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